C.S.D.F. Parliamentary Speaker's Script
(Three person teams)
(Before you begin, write the exact resolution and the names of all debaters in the order in which they will speak on a blackboard clearly visible to all judges. Check to see that judges are seated in different locations and that all debaters and officials are ready; ask all persons .present to be seated; proceed!)
The House will come to order. 1 am pleased to welcome you all to this ___ round of the Dr.Moses M. Coady Debating Competition.
The topic before the House today is "Be it resolved that______________________________________________.
Seated on my right and representing the Government
Prime Minister: _____
2nd Speaker: _____
and 3rd Member: _____
Speaking on behalf of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition,
to my left are its:
Leader of the Opposition:
On behalf of the House, I extend a special welcome to our Judges:____________, _______________, and ___________.
The Clerk of the House is _______________________.
and I, ________________ am your Speaker.
Each debater will have 8 minutes in which to deliver his or her remarks; the Prime Minister's time will be divided between a 5 minute opening speech and a 3 minute Official Rebuttal. Fifteen seconds grace will be allowed: I will then immediately call upon the next debater to begin his or her address. Would the Timekeeper please explain the system for signaling time remaining to debaters. [Pause]
... To review the rules briefly: (READ THE SUMMARY OF GENERAL RULES HERE, IF DESIRED.)
As Speaker, 1 will entertain Points of Order, Privilege and Information. Heckling will also be permitted, though Judges are to penalize any debater who interrupts another thoughtlessly or excessively or who lowers the level of debate.
Are there any questions regarding the Rules?
[ANSWER ANY THAT ARE RAISED.]
.. I call upon the Prime Minister to introduce the Bill, define its terms, and outline the Government case.
... I thank the Prime Minister for his/her remarks
and remind the Judges that they should not finalize any debater's score
until they have heard all the speeches. We shall now hear the
first speaker for the Opposition. If the Opposition
intends to contest the Government definitions or to introduce a Counter-Plan,
it must do so during this address.
... Thank you. We shall now hear from the second Government speaker, who must completely describe the plan for implementing the Bill.
... Thank you. I now call on the second speaker for the Opposition.
... Thank you for your remarks. I now call upon
the third Government speaker to deliver the final
constructive speech in support of the Bill.
... Thank you. The Leader of the Opposition will now deliver the last speech opposing the Bill. It is his/her responsibility to complete the attack on the Government case and to defend and summarize the position of the Opposition. Unless the Leader of the Opposition indicates at the outset that helshe is beginning this address with the Official Rebuttal, the last 3 minutes of the speech will constitute the Official Rebuttal and must contain no new evidence. No more than 5 minutes of this speech may be used for introducing new evidence or constructive arguments.
... I thank the Leader of the Opposition and now call upon the Prime Minister to present the Government Official Rebuttal. During this 3 minute speech, no new evidence may be introduced.
... I thank the Prime Minister for concluding the debate. Would the Clerk please collect the Score Sheets from the Judges as soon as they have completed them.
Judges should not confer with one
another before scoring. [or, IF APPLCABLE: Would
the panel of Judges please retire to consider the verdict.]
[NEXT,. IF DESIRABLE AND ONCE JUDGES HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SCORING, INVITE JUDGES
TO DELIVER CRITIQUES, CAUTIONING THEM NOT TO REVEAL THE RESULTS OF THE CONTEST UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.]
... On behalf of the House, I thank
the Judges and the Clerk for their assistance; I congratulate all the debaters
on their performances; and I thank the members of the gallery for their
attentiveness. Since this debate has now concluded and there is no
other business on the Order Paper, the House stands adjourned.