Motion to sit in private — Fixed Term Parliament Bill — 16 May 2008 at 09:30
David Howarth MP moved that "The House do sit in private" at the start of the day.
This is a tactic to avoid the motion -- which can be called only once per day -- being invoked during the debate of his Fixed Term Parliament Bill and ending the discussion early by having a vote that does not reach Quorum.
As it happened, discussion on the Bill continued until time ran out, then Hon. Members shouted "Object" when it was considered a month later, and it has been rescheduled too late in the summer to have any time spent on it.
For more, see the FAQ.
-  Fixed Term Parliament Bill debate, House of Commons, 16 May 2008
-  Fixed Term Parliament Bill, House of Common, 14 December 2007.
-  Remaining Private Members' Bills - Fixed Term Parliaments Bill, House of Commons, 6 June 2008
-  What is a motion to sit in private?, FAQ.
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