General Definition: The first and last minute of a speech allocated for time when opponents are not allowed to offer POIs i.e. speech time that is protected from POIs.
- Public Forum: Not used in PF, where “Crossfire” and “Grand Crossfire” are used to ask questions instead.
- World Schools Debate: In WSD, the constructives, rebuttals, and summaries all have 6 minutes of unprotected time. Reply speeches are fully protected and do not allow POIs.
- British Parliamentary: In BP, POIs may be asked during all speeches including the whips, except in the first and last minute of each speech.
- Canadian National Debate Format: In CNDF, beginner level has 4 minutes of unprotected time for constructives and rebuttals, while open level has 6 minutes.