Business of the House

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1979.

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Motion made, and Question put,

That the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Bill may be proceeded with at this day's sitting, though opposed, until any hour. —[Mr. Shape.]

The House divided: Ayes 162, Noes 32.

Noble, MikeSever, JohnWeatherill, Bernard
Oakes, GordonShepherd, ColinWeetch, Ken
Ogden, EricSnape, PeterWhite, James (Pollok)
Page, John (Harrow West)Spriggs, LeslieWhitehead, Phillip
Paisley, Rev IanStanbrook, IvorWhitlock, William
Palmer, ArthurStewart, Rt Hon M. (Fulham)Williams, Alan Lee (Hornch'ch)
Park, GeorgeTaylor, Mrs Ann (Bolton W)Wilson, William (Coventry SE)
Powell, Rt Hon J.EnochTinn, JamesWinterlon, Nicholas
Radice, GilesTorney, TomWoof, Robert
Ridley, Hon NicholasUrwin, T.W.Wrigglesworth, Ian
Robertson, George (Hamilton)Varley, Rt Hon Eric G.Young, David (Bolton E)
Roderick, CaerwynWainwright, Edwin (Dearne V)
Rooker, J.W.Walker, Terry (Kingswood)TELLERS FOR THE AYES:
Roper, JohnWard, MichaelMr. Ted Graham and
Ross, William (Londonderry)Watkins, DavidMr. Alf Bates.
Rowlands, Ted
NOES
Beith, A. J.Madden, MaxSkinner, Dennis
Canavan, DennisMahon, SimonSmith, Cyril (Rochdale)
Corbett, RobinMaynard, Miss JoanStallard, A.W.
Cryer, BobMikardo, IanSteel, Rt Hon David
Ellis, John (Brigg & Scun)O'Halloran, MichaelThorne, Stan (Preston South)
Fitt, Gerard (Belfast W)Ovenden, JohnWhite, Frank R.(Bury)
Flannery, MartinPage, John (Harrow West)Wise, Mrs Audrey
Fletcher, Ted (Darlington)Parry, RobertWoodall, Alec
Home Robertson, JohnPenhaligon, David
Latham, Arthur (Paddington)Richardson, Miss JoTELLERS FOR THE NOES:
Litterick, TomRodgers, George (Chorley)Mr.Kevin McNamara and
Loyden, EddieRoss, Stephen (Isle of Wight)Mr.Ron Thomas.

Question accordingly agreed to.