– in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 20th April 2007.

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The First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means took the Chair as Deputy Speaker, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon 9:33 am, 20th April 2007

I beg to move, That the House do sit in private.


How dare any MP suggest a closed discussion. As I...

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Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 163 (Motions to sit in private ) :—

The House divided: Ayes 0, Noes 54.

Division number 93 Prayers

Aye: 0 MPs

No: 54 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name


Nos: A-Z by last name


Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. We have just had a Division in which no Members voted for the proposition that the House should sit in private, following the call for that to be subject to a vote. Surely, with due respect, we ought to test the feeling of the House. Generally, when votes are taken on matters, an attempt is made to establish whether there is some support for a measure—and obviously there is no support for this one. Is it possible for only one Member to require a Division in this situation?

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

It is possible, but the House has made a decision and therefore we will not be sitting in private.