Failure of teller to attend in lobby

20.68When it appeared to the Chairman that there was delay in completing a division, he asked the tellers to come to the Table; one of the tellers then stated that a teller for the noes had not appeared at the door of the No lobby, and that therefore the doors had not been opened. The Chairman ruled that in these circumstances the question must again be put from the Chair.1 But when the tellers for the ayes in a division reported that the two Members appointed tellers for the noes had failed to act as such, the Speaker declared that the ayes had it, and on one occasion when one of the tellers for the ayes failed to act, the Chairman declared that the noes had it.2


  1. CJ (1928–29) 83; HC Deb (1929) 224, c 69. See also CJ (1931–32) 151; ibid (1938–39) 361.
  2. CJ (1924) 121; ibid (1945–46) 193.