Proxy Voting

Part of Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 13th September 2018.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 2:02 pm, 13th September 2018

The hon. Lady is being generous with her time. This view may not be shared by many other Conservative Members, or indeed Members from other parties, but I completely agree with her when it comes to taking two hours to complete eight votes. In my days in business, we would all have been fired if we had executed eight trades in two hours. Does she agree that if we were to introduce electronic voting, it would make sense also to require Members to spend time in the Chamber during the debate before voting? It is slightly nonsensical that at the moment people can vote at 9 o’clock on a Monday night, having spent no time in the Chamber whatsoever. With electronic voting and that tag-on, we could end up seeing more Members in this Chamber, which is what the public want, I believe.