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Parliamentary Questions

– in the House of Commons at 10:28 pm on 29th October 2002.

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That this House takes note of the Third Report from the Procedure Committee, Parliamentary Questions, House of Commons Paper No. 622, and the Government Response thereto, Cm 5628, and approves the proposals in both for a quota on named day questions, a reduction in the daily quota of questions per department, the introduction of electronic tabling subject to safeguards to ensure the authenticity of questions and the power of the Speaker to modify or halt the system if it appears it is being abused, and the timing and printing of answers to written questions and written ministerial statements.—[Mr. Woolas.]

Amendment proposed: (a), in line 8, leave out 'and written Ministerial statements'.—[Mr. Greg Knight.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 144, Noes 386.

Division number 335 Parliamentary Questions

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No: 386 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: (b) in line 8, at end add

'; and approves the proposals in the Procedure Committee's report for the introduction of a 30-minute session of questions on a single topical subject on Tuesdays and Thursdays.'.—[Sir Nicholas Winterton.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 256, Noes 283.

Division number 336 Parliamentary Questions

Aye: 256 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Main Question put and agreed to.