Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill — Instruction to Committee — Consideration of Ending Parliamentary Sessions — 13 Sep 2021 at 18:12

The majority of MPs voted against considering broadening the scope of the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill to cover the pausing of Parliamentary business between sessions.

not to allow MPs to consider amendments to the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill relating to how Parliamentary sessions, rather than Parliaments, are brought to an end.

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

  • That it be an Instruction to the Committee on the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill, That the Committee have leave to make provision relating to the prorogation of Parliament.

House of Commons Standing Order 65[1] required amendments to be relevant to the subject matter of the bill. This motion sought to enable MPs to consider amendments on the "out-of-scope but cognate matter" of the prorogation of Parliament.

Prorogation means the ending of a Parliamentary session, it occurs prior to speeches by the monarch setting out the Government's programme, and sometimes prior to general elections.[2]

The MP proposing the motion explained they had tabled a motion to the Bill which could only be considered if this motion was passed. The amendment would, they said[3]:

  • "allow a vote in the House of Commons before Prorogation could proceed."

The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill [4][5][6] provided for the monarch, rather than MPs, to have power to dissolve a Parliament, and prompt and early election.


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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alba0 1050.0%
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con318 (+2 tell) 0087.9%
DUP3 0037.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 2060.0%
Lab0 138 (+2 tell)070.4%
LDem0 11091.7%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 1050.0%
SNP0 35077.8%
Total:322 192080.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

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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