Parliamentary Oath (Amendment) — 14 Nov 2000

I beg to move,

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the parliamentary oath; and for connected purposes.

the taking of an oath and the act of its swearing or affirmation is a matter of great moment in the life of a person or of a nation. No democratic institution would demand that its participants take an oath without reason. No person seeking election to perform a public service would take an oath without understanding the significance of such an act.

Everyone has the right to take part in the Government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

We recognise that the law must, without discrimination, respect the rights of citizens to seek political or public office, individually or as representatives of political parties or organisations, to ensure that the will of the people serves as the authority for government. We also recognise that parliamentary privilege is not for the benefit of Members, but protects the rights of the electorate, who depend on those whom they have elected to uphold their rights and interests in Parliament.

If a man or woman seeks to sit in the House, the oath of allegiance is essentially the password to entry.

Once the password has been uttered, it does not prevent an hon. Member from seeking to change the arrangements of our constitution.--[ Official Report , 29 July 1998; Vol. 317, c. 377-81.]

to the best of my ability, discharge the responsibilities required of me by virtue of my membership of the House of Commons and faithfully serve those whom I represent here.

I . . . swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.

You do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto the Queen's Majesty, as one of Her Majesty's Privy Council. You will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done, or spoken against Her Majesty's Person, Honour, Crown, or Dignity Royal, but you will lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of your Power, and either cause it to be revealed to Her Majesty Herself, or to such of her Privy Council as shall advertise Her Majesty of the same. You will, in all things to be moved, treated, and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all Matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors, you will not reveal it unto him, but will keep the same until such time as, by the Consent of Her Majesty, or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance unto the Queen's Majesty; and will assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty, and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty. So help you God.

ion put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 23 (Motions for leave to bring in Bills and nomination of Select Committees at commencement of public business): --

The House divided: Ayes 129, Noes 148.

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Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabaye
Gerald HowarthAldershotCon (front bench)tellno
Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestCon (front bench)no
Mr Howard FlightArundel and South DownsConno
Damian GreenAshfordCon (front bench)no
David LidingtonAylesburyCon (front bench)no
Tony BaldryBanburyCon (front bench)no
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
Mr Andrew HunterBasingstokeConno
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Martin LintonBatterseaLabaye
Dominic GrieveBeaconsfieldCon (front bench)no
Jacqui LaitBeckenhamConno
Martin SmythBelfast SouthUUPno
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDem (front bench)no
Ms Oona KingBethnal Green and BowLab (minister)aye
Mr James CranBeverley and HoldernessConno
Mr Robin CorbettBirmingham, ErdingtonLab (minister)aye
Steve McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLab (minister)aye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Mr Derek FosterBishop AucklandLab (minister)aye
Andrew RobathanBlabyCon (front bench)no
Mr Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabaye
Mr John McWilliamBlaydonLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLab (minister)aye
Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonCon (front bench)no
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)aye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Brian IddonBolton South EastLabaye
David TredinnickBosworthCon (front bench)no
John ButterfillBournemouth WestConno
Andrew MacKayBracknellConno
Mr Richard LivseyBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)aye
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Tom KingBridgwaterCon (front bench)no
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLabaye
Desmond TurnerBrighton, KemptownLabaye
Doug NaysmithBristol North WestLabaye
Eric ForthBromley and ChislehurstContellno
Julie KirkbrideBromsgroveConno
John BercowBuckinghamCon (front bench)no
Mr Peter PikeBurnleyLabno
David ChaytorBury NorthLabaye
David RuffleyBury St EdmundsCon (front bench)no
Mr Robert MaclennanCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDemno
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
Julian BrazierCanterburyCon (front bench)no
Mr Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabaye
Julie MorganCardiff NorthLabaye
Eric MartlewCarlisleLabaye
Dr Alan WilliamsCarmarthen East and DinefwrLabaye
Tom BrakeCarshalton and WallingtonLDem (front bench)aye
Mr Simon ThomasCeredigionPCaye
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodConno
Jonathan R ShawChatham and AylesfordLabaye
Mr Stephen DayCheadleConno
Mr Nigel JonesCheltenhamLDem (front bench)no
Dame Cheryl GillanChesham and AmershamCon (front bench)no
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)no
Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenCon (front bench)no
Sir Sydney ChapmanChipping BarnetConno
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)no
Mr Peter BrookeCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)no
Christine RussellCity of ChesterLabaye
Jimmy HoodClydesdaleLab (minister)aye
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)no
Kali MountfordColne ValleyLabaye
Ann WintertonCongletonConno
Geoffrey Clifton-BrownCotswoldCon (front bench)no
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabno
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLabaye
Richard OttawayCroydon SouthCon (front bench)no
Rosemary McKennaCumbernauld and KilsythLabaye
Brian H DonohoeCunninghame SouthLab (minister)aye
Ann ClwydCynon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Howard StoateDartfordLabaye
Tim BoswellDaventryCon (front bench)no
Bob LaxtonDerby NorthLabaye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabaye
John McFallDumbartonLab (minister)aye
Russell BrownDumfriesLab (minister)aye
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLab (minister)aye
Mr Roy BeggsEast AntrimUUPno
Sir Peter EmeryEast DevonConno
John Home RobertsonEast LothianLabaye
Jim MurphyEast RenfrewshireLab (minister)aye
Peter AinsworthEast SurreyConno
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)no
Nigel WatersonEastbourneConno
Ian StewartEcclesLabaye
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyCon (front bench)no
Andrew LoveEdmontonLab (minister)aye
Colin BurgonElmetLabaye
Joan RyanEnfield NorthLabaye
Eleanor LaingEpping ForestCon (front bench)no
Ian TaylorEsher and WaltonConno
Mr Andrew RoweFaversham and Mid KentConno
Michael HowardFolkestone and HytheConno
Mrs Diana OrganForest of DeanLabaye
Alasdair MorganGalloway and Upper NithsdaleSNPaye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)aye
Ms Tess KinghamGloucesterLabaye
Malcolm BruceGordonLDem (front bench)aye
Peter ViggersGosportConno
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)aye
Quentin DaviesGrantham and StamfordConno
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLab (minister)aye
Anthony D WrightGreat YarmouthLabaye
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabaye
Mr Nick St AubynGuildfordConno
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
Mrs Alice MahonHalifaxLabaye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenCon (front bench)no
Mr Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabaye
Edward GarnierHarboroughCon (front bench)no
Phil WillisHarrogate and KnaresboroughLDem (front bench)no
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLab (minister)tellaye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDem (front bench)aye
Mr Tony McWalterHemel HempsteadLabaye
Jon TrickettHemsworthLabaye
Andrew DismoreHendonLabaye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemno
Mr Bowen WellsHertford and StortfordConno
James ClappisonHertsmereCon (front bench)no
Peter AtkinsonHexhamConno
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabaye
Peter LilleyHitchin and HarpendenConno
John CryerHornchurchLab (minister)aye
Fraser KempHoughton and Washington EastLabaye
Mr Jamie CannIpswichLabno
Dr Peter BrandIsle of WightLDemaye
Ann CryerKeighleyLabaye
Mr Michael PortilloKensington and ChelseaConno
Mr Phil SawfordKetteringLabaye
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)no
Mr Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabaye
Roger BerryKingswoodLabaye
Edward O'HaraKnowsley SouthLabaye
Jeffrey M. DonaldsonLagan ValleyUUP (front bench)no
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabaye
Hilary BennLeeds CentralLab (minister)aye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Mr Peter Temple-MorrisLeominsterwhilst Labaye
Norman BakerLewesLDem (front bench)aye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Michael FabricantLichfieldCon (front bench)no
Gillian MerronLincolnLabno
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Peter TapsellLouth and HorncastleConno
Mr Christopher GillLudlowConno
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Margaret MoranLuton SouthLabaye
Nicholas WintertonMacclesfieldConno
Ann WiddecombeMaidstone and The WealdConno
John WhittingdaleMaldon and East ChelmsfordConno
Tony LloydManchester CentralLabaye
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
Elfyn LlwydMeirionnydd Nant ConwyPC (front bench)aye
Mr Jonathan SayeedMid BedfordshireConno
Christopher FraserMid Dorset and North PooleConno
Keith SimpsonMid NorfolkCon (front bench)no
Nicholas SoamesMid SussexConno
Peter LuffMid WorcestershireCon (front bench)no
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemno
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLabaye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)no
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemaye
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabtellaye
Mr Paul TylerNorth CornwallLDem (front bench)aye
Malcolm MossNorth East CambridgeshireConno
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabaye
Menzies CampbellNorth East FifeLDem (front bench)no
James ArbuthnotNorth East HampshireCon (front bench)no
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
Mr Brian WhiteNorth East Milton KeynesLabaye
Bernard JenkinNorth EssexCon (front bench)no
Mr David PriorNorth NorfolkCon (front bench)no
Simon HughesNorth Southwark and BermondseyLDem (front bench)aye
Roger GaleNorth ThanetCon (front bench)no
Dr Brian MawhinneyNorth West CambridgeshireConno
George YoungNorth West HampshireConno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
James GrayNorth WiltshireCon (front bench)no
Sally KeebleNorthampton NorthLabaye
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabaye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDem (front bench)aye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Phil WoolasOldham East and SaddleworthLabno
John HoramOrpingtonConno
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDemboth
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
David MacleanPenrith and The BorderConno
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)no
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLabaye
Dr Michael ClarkRayleighConno
Ms Jane GriffithsReading EastLabaye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)no
William HagueRichmond (Yorks)Con (front bench)no
Mr Teddy TaylorRochford and Southend EastConno
Denis MacShaneRotherhamLabaye
Mr Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Philip HammondRunnymede and WeybridgeCon (front bench)no
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConno
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)no
John GreenwayRyedaleConno
Robert KeySalisburyConno
John GroganSelbyLab (minister)aye
Michael FallonSevenoaksCon (front bench)no
Mr Richard AllanSheffield, HallamLDem (front bench)no
Mr Bill MichieSheffield, HeeleyLabaye
Mr Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and AtchamLabno
David CurrySkipton and RiponConno
Mr John TaylorSolihullConno
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Mr Ian BruceSouth DorsetConno
James PaiceSouth East CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
John HayesSouth Holland and The DeepingsCon (front bench)no
Mr John MacGregorSouth NorfolkConno
David BorrowSouth RibbleLabaye
Dr David ClarkSouth ShieldsLabaye
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkCon (front bench)no
Ms Julia DrownSouth SwindonLabaye
Mr Richard PageSouth West HertfordshireConno
Mrs Virginia BottomleySouth West SurreyConno
Sir David AmessSouthend WestCon (front bench)no
Mr Ronnie FearnSouthportLDem (front bench)no
Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Gerry BerminghamSt Helens SouthLabaye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Frank CookStockton NorthLabaye
Bill CashStoneCon (front bench)no
John MaplesStratford-on-AvonCon (front bench)no
John GummerSuffolk CoastalConno
Mr Nick HawkinsSurrey HeathConno
Brian JenkinsTamworthLabno
Mr Martin BellTattonIndependentno
Mrs Jackie BallardTauntonLDemaye
Mr Patrick NichollsTeignbridgeConno
Laurence RobertsonTewkesburyCon (front bench)no
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Angela BrowningTiverton and HonitonCon (front bench)no
John StanleyTonbridge and MallingCon (front bench)no
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)aye
Mr John BurnettTorridge and West DevonLDemno
Anthony SteenTotnesConno
Mr Archie NormanTunbridge WellsConno
Vincent CableTwickenhamLDem (front bench)aye
John RandallUxbridgeCon (front bench)no
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkCon (front bench)no
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)aye
Denis MurphyWansbeckLabaye
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (minister)aye
James PlaskittWarwick and LeamingtonLabno
Sir Geoffrey Johnson SmithWealdenConno
Mr Paul StinchcombeWellingboroughLabaye
Robert SmithWest Aberdeenshire and KincardineLDem (front bench)no
Simon BurnsWest ChelmsfordCon (front bench)no
Patrick McLoughlinWest DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
Mr Tony BanksWest HamLab (minister)aye
Mr Colin PickthallWest LancashireLabaye
Richard SpringWest SuffolkConno
Michael SpicerWest WorcestershireCon (front bench)no
Mr David FaberWestburyConno
Mr Tim CollinsWestmorland and LonsdaleConno
Neil TurnerWiganLabaye
Mark OatenWinchesterLDemaye
Mr Michael TrendWindsorConno
Humfrey MalinsWokingConno
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Liam FoxWoodspringCon (front bench)no
Mr Dale Campbell-SavoursWorkingtonLab (minister)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Sir Ray WhitneyWycombeConno

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