Irregularities discovered at the time of a division

20.65When apprised, in the course of a division, of a breach of order which, although reflecting upon the conduct or votes of individual Members, is not of such a nature as to cast doubts upon the validity of the division as a whole, the Speaker has directed that the division should proceed and has dealt with the matter when it was completed.1 When, however, a major irregularity occurs in the conduct of a division, the usual practice is for the Chair to interrupt the process of division as soon as the irregularity is discovered, put the question again and proceed to take the division de novo.2 Examples of major irregularities are given in the following paragraphs.


  1. 1. HC Deb (1948–49) 458, cc 499–500; ibid (1950–51) 488, cc 1177, 1232.
  2. 2. CJ (1926) 116–17; ibid (1938–39) 337; ibid (1951–52) 189; ibid (1956–57) 150, 222; ibid (1962–63) 51. See also HC Deb (1981–82) 29, cc 905–6.