Motion to Sit in Private — 20 Jan 2012 at 09:33

The majority of MPs voted not to hold a private session of the House of Commons.

The text of the motion rejected in the vote was:

  • That the House sit in private.

The House of Commons' Standing Order No. 163 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.

Moving the motion to sit in private is almost always a procedural tactic. By ensuring the defeat of a motion to sit in private at the beginning of the sitting, the mover makes it impossible for any member to move the motion during a subsequent debate.

If such a motion is brought during the debate on a Bill, and fewer than 40 MPs vote in it, then the debate ends immediately regardless of the result (following Standing Order 44). Such an ending of debate occurred on the 14th of March 2003. The points of order following that division show MPs questioning the appropriateness of the tactic.

Moving a motion to sit in private is often done first thing on a Friday morning. Moving the motion ensures it can't be moved later in the day, when MPs might have returned to their constituencies for the weekend and too few members may be present to reach the 40 member threshold leading to the discussion of the business before the house (typically private members' Bills) being brought to an end.

See also What is a motion to sit in private? from the PublicWhip FAQ.

Debate in Parliament | Source |

Public Whip is run as a free not-for-profit service. If you'd like to support us, please consider switching your (UK) electricity and/or gas to Octopus Energy or tip us via Ko-Fi.

All Votes Cast - sorted by party

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.

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Steven BakerWycombeConaye
Peter BoneWellingboroughContellaye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchConaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringContellaye
David NuttallBury NorthConaye
Matthew OffordHendonConaye
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetConaye
Adam AfriyieWindsorConno
Peter AldousWaveneyConno
Gregory BarkerBexhill and BattleConno
Gavin BarwellCroydon CentralConno
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConno
Angie BrayEaling Central and ActonConno
Fiona BruceCongletonConno
Robert BucklandSouth SwindonConno
Simon BurnsChelmsfordConno
Therese CoffeySuffolk CoastalConno
Damian CollinsFolkestone and HytheConno
Oliver ColvilePlymouth, Sutton and DevonportConno
Tobias EllwoodBournemouth EastConno
Michael FabricantLichfieldConno
Roger GaleNorth ThanetConno
Edward GarnierHarboroughConno
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireConno
Nick GibbBognor Regis and LittlehamptonConno
John GlenSalisburyConno
Robert HalfonHarlowConno
Stephen HammondWimbledonConno
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamConno
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointConno
Alan HaselhurstSaffron WaldenConno
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireConno
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConno
George HollingberyMeon ValleyConno
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughConno
Chris KellyDudley SouthConno
Simon KirbyBrighton, KemptownConno
Charlotte LeslieBristol North WestConno
David LidingtonAylesburyConno
Jack LoprestiFilton and Bradley StokeConno
Peter LuffMid WorcestershireConno
Stephen MetcalfeSouth Basildon and East ThurrockConno
Penny MordauntPortsmouth NorthConno
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstConno
Sarah NewtonTruro and FalmouthConno
Caroline NokesRomsey and Southampton NorthConno
Stephen O'BrienEddisburyConno
Mike PenningHemel HempsteadConno
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareConno
Stephen PhillipsSleaford and North HykehamConno
John RandallUxbridge and South RuislipConno
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Laura SandysSouth ThanetConno
Henry SmithCrawleyConno
Bob StewartBeckenhamConno
Iain StewartMilton Keynes SouthConno
Robert SymsPooleConno
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireConno
Martin VickersCleethorpesConno
Mike WeatherleyHoveConno
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireConno
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonConno
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkConno
Caroline LucasBrighton, PavilionGreenno
Heidi AlexanderLewisham EastLabno
Hugh BayleyYork CentralLabno
Clive BettsSheffield South EastLabno
Paul BlomfieldSheffield CentralLabno
Ben BradshawExeterLabno
Karen BuckWestminster NorthLabno
Thomas DochertyDunfermline and West FifeLabtellno
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLabno
Mike GapesIlford SouthLabno
Tom HarrisGlasgow SouthLabno
David HeyesAshton-under-LyneLabno
Margaret HodgeBarkingLabno
Graham JonesHyndburnLabtellno
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLabno
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLabno
Ian LucasWrexhamLabno
Seema MalhotraFeltham and HestonLabno
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLabno
Meg MunnSheffield, HeeleyLabno
Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthLabno
Fiona O'DonnellEast LothianLabno
Albert OwenYnys MônLabno
Steve PoundEaling NorthLabno
Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLabno
Alison SeabeckPlymouth, Moor ViewLabno
Andrew SlaughterHammersmithLabno
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabno
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLabno
Valerie VazWalsall SouthLabno
Joan WalleyStoke-on-Trent NorthLabno
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDemno
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDemno
Don FosterBathLDemno
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDemno
Julian HuppertCambridgeLDemno
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDemno
Stephen LloydEastbourneLDemno
Tessa MuntWellsLDemno
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDemno
Adrian SandersTorbayLDemno
Steve WebbThornbury and YateLDemno
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNPno
Eilidh WhitefordBanff and BuchanSNPno

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

The Whip on the Web

Help keep PublicWhip alive