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Divisions: Electronic Voting

Leader of the House written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to introduce electronic voting in divisions; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

The government supports the current voting arrangements and believes that they provide the necessary checks and balances to produce definitive and accurate results. Changes to voting procedures should only ever be taken forward once potential consequences have been fully thought through, where there is substantial support for change from across the House and where change is in the interests of enabling MPs to do a more effective job. The Government is of the view that votes should require Members to attend the division lobbies and is not persuaded that there is a need to introduce electronic voting.

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