Suspension of Standing Orders to Enable Vote on House of Commons Sitting for an Extra Friday — 6 Mar 2013 at 19:00

The majority of MPs voted to enable a vote on if the Commons should sit on Friday the 22nd of March 2013 to be held on the evening of 6th of March rather than being deferred until Wednesday 13th of March as the Standing Orders required.

No reason for proposing the suspension of the standing orders and holding the vote earlier was given; but one possibility is MPs wanted to have their timetable fixed in advance so they could plan their diaries and have more time to cancel any engagements planned for Friday the 22nd of March.

The majority of MPs voted to suspend the Standing Order requiring votes called after a certain time to be deferred until 11.30 the following Wednesday for the consideration of the motion[1]:

  • That this House shall sit on Friday 22 March.

Andrew Lansley MP explained the purpose of his motion[2]:

  • The motion adds a further sitting day and its effect will therefore be to allow the four-day Budget debate to take place, as well as to accommodate the opportunity for the Backbench Business Committee to schedule business, including the traditional pre-recess Adjournment debate, on the last day before recess.
  • Sitting on an additional Friday would allow a continuation of the Budget debate but it would not be its last day, so there would be no requirement for Members to vote on that day.

an amendment was tabled[1] stating

  • leave out from ‘shall’ to end and add ‘, notwithstanding the Resolution of 17 December 2012, sit on Wednesday 27 March and at its rising on that day adjourn until 15 April 2013.’.

The amendment would have resulted in an additional Wednesday sitting and consequently an additional Prime Minister's Questions.

The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That, at this day’s sitting, the Sittings of the House (22 March) Motion, in the name of Mr Andrew Lansley, may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply.


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Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con226 (+1 tell) 0074.4%
DUP0 2025.0%
Lab0 80 (+2 tell)031.8%
LDem39 (+1 tell) 0070.2%
SDLP0 1033.3%
Total:265 84055.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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