Motion made, and Question put,

That this House welcomes the principle of establishing, from 1st April 2007, a separate Allowance for Members of Parliament to assist in the work of communicating with the public on parliamentary business and instructs the Members Estimate Committee to prepare a detailed proposal for such an allowance.— [Mr. Straw.]

The House divided: Ayes 290, Noes 199.

Division number 335

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Question accordingly agreed to.

It being after Seven o'clock, Mr. Speaker put the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that hour, pursuant to Order [this day].