Motion to sit in private — 28 Oct 2005 at 09:35

Eric Forth moved "That the House sit in private", in accordance to Standing Order No. 163, which says:

If at any sitting of the House... any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker... shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting.

This was a procedural tactic. By ensuring the defeat of a motion to sit in private at the beginning of the sitting, Forth makes it impossible for any member to move the motion during a subsequent debate.

If such a motion is brought during the debate for a Bill, and fewer than 40 MPs vote in it, then the debate ends immediately regardless of the result, (according to Standing Order 44) as has been done on 2003-03-14. The debate surrounding that division is worth following for an illustration of the consequences.

See What is a motion to sit in private? in the FAQ.

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MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party are marked in red. Also shows which MPs were ministers at the time of this vote. You can also see every eligible MP including those who did not vote in this division.

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
David DaviesMonmouthCon (front bench)tellaye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyConaye
Eric ForthBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringContellaye
Peter AtkinsonHexhamCon (front bench)no
Tony BaldryBanburyConno
Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthConno
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)no
Tim BoswellDaventryCon (front bench)no
John ButterfillBournemouth WestConno
Greg ClarkTunbridge WellsCon (front bench)no
Geoffrey Clifton-BrownCotswoldCon (front bench)no
Philip DaviesShipleyConno
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastCon (front bench)no
Mark FrancoisRayleighCon (front bench)no
Paul GoodmanWycombeCon (front bench)no
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyCon (front bench)no
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)tellno
John GreenwayRyedaleConno
Mark HarperForest of DeanCon (front bench)no
David Heathcoat-AmoryWellsCon (front bench)no
Mark HobanFarehamConno
Nick HurdRuislip - NorthwoodCon (front bench)no
David MacleanPenrith and The BorderCon (front bench)no
John MaplesStratford-on-AvonCon (front bench)no
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkCon (front bench)no
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareCon (front bench)tellno
Mark PriskHertford and StortfordCon (front bench)no
John RandallUxbridgeCon (front bench)no
Malcolm RifkindKensington and ChelseaCon (front bench)no
Ed VaizeyWantageConno
Robert WalterNorth DorsetConno
Nigel WatersonEastbourneCon (front bench)no
Douglas AlexanderPaisley and Renfrewshire SouthLab (minister)no
David AndersonBlaydonLab (minister)no
Vera BairdRedcarLabno
Kevin BrennanCardiff WestLab (minister)no
Lyn BrownWest HamLabno
Ian CawseyBrigg and GooleLab (minister)no
Mary CreaghWakefieldLab (minister)no
Andrew DismoreHendonLab (minister)no
Nia GriffithLlanelliLab (minister)no
Andrew GwynneDenton and ReddishLab (minister)no
John HeppellNottingham EastLab (minister)no
Diana R. JohnsonKingston upon Hull NorthLab (minister)no
Barbara KeeleyWorsleyLabno
Sarah McCarthy-FryPortsmouth NorthLab (minister)no
Pat McFaddenWolverhampton South EastLabno
Laura MoffattCrawleyLabno
Jessica MordenNewport EastLabno
Meg MunnSheffield, HeeleyLab (minister)no
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)no
Angela SmithSheffield, HillsboroughLab (minister)no
Anne SnelgroveSouth SwindonLab (minister)no
Dari TaylorStockton SouthLabno
Stephen TimmsEast HamLab (minister)no
Lynda WalthoStourbridgeLab (minister)no
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLab (minister)no
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDem (front bench)no
David LawsYeovilLDem (front bench)no
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDem (front bench)no

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