Debates at General Synod can be triggered in a variety of ways.
One of these is for a member of the Synod to table a 'Private
Member's Motion' (PMM). In order to ascertain the degree of
interest in each motion, the Synod's Business Committee arranges
for the text of a motion to be available, during each group of
sessions, together with a list that is open for 'signature' by
other members of the Synod. It is also possible for members to sign
PMMs electronically between groups of sessions. (Details of how to
do this can be found in the resources section on the right-hand
side) By putting their name to particular motions, members are
signalling that they think they should be debated.
When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the
Synod, the Business Committee has regard to the number of
signatures each motion has received in deciding which should be
debated (generally there is only space for one or two PMMs to be
debated in each group of sessions). While the motion with the most
signatures is often the one selected there can be reasons for
selecting another that has also attracted considerable support (it
might, for example, be more time-critical).
Once a motion has been open for signature for three groups of
session, it is removed from the Agenda if it has not attracted 100
(Updated 27 July 2015)