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.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||16 (+2 tell)||0||0||5.1%|
|LDem||2||0 (+2 tell)||0||6.3%|