Government Powers (Limitation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:57 pm on 14th March 2003.

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Photo of Eric Forth Eric Forth Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst 1:57 pm, 14th March 2003

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Can you clarify whether there is any rule of thumb, standard or precedent for the amount of time that the Chair expects to elapse during a Division before the Chair asks the Serjeant or the Deputy Serjeant to investigate? I understand that last week at an equivalent time on Friday about 16 minutes was allowed to elapse before the Deputy Serjeant appeared in the Lobby. Perhaps you can help us in this matter for now and for the future.