Government Benches
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Government Benches

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The benches on the Government side of the House are identical to the Opposition benches which face them. The front bench, nearest the Table, is occupied by Government Ministers, and at Question Time the Minister who is answering including, on occasion, the Prime Minister occupies the position in front of the Despatch Box.

The backs of the benches are fitted with sound amplifiers, and there are small brass plates in which cards may be placed to reserve the use of that space until the House rises. These cards are called Prayer Cards, because they reserve a seat for a Member at morning prayers and, perhaps more importantly, for the rest of that sitting. If the seat is unoccupied, it may be taken by another Member - but it will have to be given up if the reserving Member comes to claim it.

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