Divisions unnecessarily claimed

20.64Under Standing Order No 40, if the Speaker or the Chair considers that a division is unnecessarily claimed, they may, after the lapse of two minutes, take the vote of the House or committee by calling upon the Members who support and those who challenge their decision successively to rise in their places; and they thereupon, as they may think fit, either declare the determination of the House or the committee1 or name tellers for a division.2

Footnotes

  1. 1. CJ (1920) 55; HC Deb (1920) 126, c 1463; CJ (1960–61) 203; ibid (1970–71) 299 (five successive divisions), etc; ibid (1987–88) 541–50 (47 divisions); ibid (1992–93) 478–79 (five divisions); ibid (6 February 2013) 558, cc 373–74.
  2. 2. CJ (1897) 299; ibid (1918) 56. Neither names nor numbers of the minority are announced, though the numbers appear in the Journal (eg HC Deb (1936–37) 326, c 2814; CJ (1970–71) 299; ibid (1992–93) 478–79).