New Clause 5 — Expiry and revival of section 2

Succession to the Crown – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 18th January 2011.

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  • Division number 173
    A majority of MPs voted against making the conditions for holding an early general election expire at the end of the current Parliament, defaulting to simply allowing an election to be initiated following a motion being approved by the House of Commons.

'(1) Section 2 expires when the Parliament summoned to meet in May 2010 dissolves.

(2) In the course of the first month of the day of first meeting of any Parliament after the expiry of section 2 as a result of subsection (1) above, the Minister may by order bring the section back into force for the remainder of that Parliament.

(3) An order made under subsection (2) above is to be made by statutory instrument and shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of the House of Commons.

(4) If no order has been made under subsection (2) above, an early parliamentary general election is to take place only if the House has passed a motion that there should be an early parliamentary general election.

(5) The polling day for an early parliamentary general election under subsection (4) above is to be the day appointed by Her Majesty by proclamation on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

(6) If a polling day is appointed under subsection (5) above, the reference in section 1(4) to the polling day for a parliamentary general election appointed under section 2(6) shall be construed as if referring to a day appointed under subsection (5) above.'.- (Mr Cash.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The House divided: Ayes 233, Noes 321.

Division number 173 Fixed Term Parliaments Bill — New Clause 5 — Expiry of Provisions for Early General Elections

A majority of MPs voted against making the conditions for holding an early general election expire at the end of the current Parliament, defaulting to simply allowing an election to be initiated following a motion being approved by the House of Commons.

Aye: 233 MPs

No: 321 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 92 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.