Modernisation of the House of Commons (Standing Orders)

– in the House of Commons at 7:08 pm on 12th November 2008.

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That the amendments to the Standing Orders and new Orders, agreed to by this House on 25th October 2007, relating to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons in its First Report of Session 2006-07, Revitalising the Chamber: the role of the back bench Member (House of Commons Paper No. 337 of Session 2006-5 07) and the Government response thereto (Cm. 7231) shall have permanent effect with the following amendments—

(1) In Standing Order No. 24A (Topical debates)

(d) in line 19, leave out 'six' and insert 'ten'; and

(e) in line 24, leave out from 'to' to the end of line 26 and insert 'a maximum of five interventions.'.

(2) In Standing Order No. 24B (Amendments to motions to consider specified

matters)—

(a) in line 1, after 'Speaker', insert 'or the Chairman'; and

(b) in line 2, after 'House', insert 'or, as the case may be, the committee'.— [Ms Harman.]

Amendment proposed: (a), leave out lines 9 to 12. —[Mrs. May.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 165, Noes 87.

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Division number 324 Modernisation of the House of Commons (Standing Orders)

Aye: 163 MPs

No: 85 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

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Abstained: 2 MPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Main Question, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered, ,

That the amendments to the Standing Orders and new Orders, agreed to by this House on 25th October 2007, relating to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons in its First Report of Session 2006-07, Revitalising the Chamber: the role of the back bench Member (House of Commons Paper No. 337 of Session 2006-07) and the Government response thereto (Cm. 7231) shall have permanent effect with the following amendments—

In Standing Order No. 24B (Amendments to motions to consider specified matters)

(a) in line 1, after 'Speaker', insert 'or the Chairman'; and

(b) in line 2, after 'House', insert 'or, as the case may be, the committee'.

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