Forms of address

50. Proceedings in committees tend to be relatively informal and members often use first names when referring to each other.

51. This practice can, however, cause some confusion for the visually impaired or for those listening to radio broadcasts of meetings, particularly if two members have the same forename.

52. It is therefore good practice for convener to call speakers (at least on their first contribution to the meeting) by their full name.

53. It is normal for the convener to be addressed as “convener”, although Standing Orders would allow the convener to be addressed by name.

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