Business of the House — 8 Dec 2008 at 15:01
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (Aye).
I beg to move,
That, at this day's sitting, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Ms Harriet Harman relating to the Speaker's Committee on the Search of Offices on the Parliamentary Estate not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; proceedings may continue, though opposed, after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.
I beg to move amendment (a), leave out 'three' and insert 'six'.
I oppose the Government's business motion. The purpose of the amendments is to enable this House to have a proper discussion. What is currently proposed is that the House should have a debate of three hours in total that is on both the business motion and the substantive motion, and that should we decide to vote on the business motion that time will come out of the time allowed for the substantive motion. I am saying to the House that that is profoundly unfair. In any event, the business motion is protected by the ability to move the closure. I am suggesting that the substantive motion should allow the House to debate for six hours. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) is wholly correct when he says that this is the most urgent matter currently before the House.
Question put, That the amendment be made:-
The House divided: Ayes 234, Noes 308.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||167 (+1 tell)||0||87.0%|
|Lab||307 (+2 tell)||5||0||89.7%|
|LDem||0||55 (+1 tell)||0||88.9%|
|Paul Farrelly||Newcastle-under-Lyme||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Mark Fisher||Stoke-on-Trent Central||Lab||aye|
|Paul Flynn||Newport West||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Gordon Prentice||Pendle||Lab (minister)||aye|