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

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