Absence of tellers during part of a division

20.69A division was taken again when several Members were counted by only one teller1 as well as when the tellers left the doors before the direction ‘lock the doors' had been given by the Chair.2 On an occasion when the tellers were not present when the door of a division lobby was unlocked and Members entered the House untold, the division was taken again.3 Upon a Member complaining, before the result of the division had been reported, that he had gone into the lobby to vote but that the tellers had left the door before he reached it, the Chair ordered the division to be taken again.4 For similar complaints made after the declaration of the result of a division, see para 20.81.


  1. 1. CJ (1946–47) 51.
  2. 2. CJ (1950–51) 94; ibid (1993–94) 190.
  3. 3. CJ (1900) 125.
  4. 4. CJ (1968–69) 161. On one occasion, the Deputy Speaker declined to order a division to be retaken, HC Deb (23 June 2004) 422, c 1378.