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

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