Fixed Term Parliaments Bill — New Clause 4 — Power of the Monarch to Decide When Parliament Meets — 18 Jan 2011 at 20:00
The majority of MPs voted in favour of continuing to let the monarch determine when Parliament meets rather than allowing MPs themselves, or the Speaker of the House of Commons, to decide.
MPs were considering the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill. The text of the proposed new clause rejected in this vote was:
- '(1) Parliament can only be prorogued in accordance with this section.
- (2) If the House of Commons resolves that Parliament should be prorogued, Parliament shall be prorogued at that time, or by declaration of the Speaker.
- (3) The Speaker of the House of Commons shall not make such a declaration unless the House of Commons has passed a resolution directing him to do so on or before a specified date and time.
- (4) Where Parliament is prorogued under subsection (2) above, the Speaker may by declaration prorogue it to an earlier or later day.
- (5) The Prorogation Act 1867 is repealed.'
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|
|Con||270 (+2 tell)||0||0||88.9%|
|Lab||0||215 (+2 tell)||0||84.1%|
|Jim Shannon||Strangford||DUP (front bench)||aye|