Orders and resolutions agreed to ‘nemine contradicente’

20.97Orders and resolutions are sometimes declared to have been agreed to nemine contradicente (that is, ‘with no one against’), to indicate formally that no-one has opposed the decision. While in practice a very large number of decisions are taken without opposition, the nemine contradicente formula is used where it is appropriate to record a particular signal of the House's unanimity. Entries to this effect are made in the case of Addresses of congratulation or condolence to the reigning Sovereign1 and of messages of a similar character to other members of the royal family.2 They have also been used for resolutions condemning a breach of privilege and the consequential order for the attendance of the offenders.3 Votes of thanks,4 resolutions on the retirement of Speakers and other officers of the House,5 an Address for a monument to a deceased public servant,6 and resolutions of the House relating to international events and agreements,7 the grant of a vote of credit8 and the third reading of a bill have been similarly recorded.9 The addition of these words is made on the direction of the Speaker or Chair, who does not direct their use if a single dissentient voice is raised.10

Footnotes

  1. 1. CJ (1901) 6; ibid (1963–64) 150; ibid (1964–65) 200; ibid (1981–82) 426; ibid (1994–95) 294; on the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, ibid (2001–02) 445; and on the Queen's Golden Jubilee, ibid (2001–02) 509.
  2. 2. CJ (1837) 493; ibid (1910) 153; ibid (1951–52) 93; HC Deb (1979–80) 789, cc 1757–66; ibid (1989–90) 176, cc 589–93; on the hundredth birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, ibid (1999–2000) 494.
  3. 3. CJ (1901) 414, 418, etc.
  4. 4. CJ (1856) 186; ibid (1919) 285, 286; ibid (1963–64) 329; ibid (1979–80) 156; ibid (1991–92) 293; ibid (1993–94) 534 etc.
  5. 5. For example, retirement of Speakers, CJ (1999–2000) 570; ibid (2008–09) 452; retirement of senior officials of the House, ibid (1999–2000) 50; ibid (2002–03) 75; ibid (2010–12) 791; Votes and Proceedings, 16 July 2014, p 214.
  6. 6. CJ (1920) 378.
  7. 7. CJ (1921) 390; ibid (1966–67) 468, etc; in 1905, a resolution was agreed to nemine contradicente after an amendment had been negatived, ibid (1905) 95.
  8. 8. CJ (1914) 426.
  9. 9. CJ (1688–93) 280; ibid (1857) 110; ibid (1884) 321. See also para 20.103, fn 4.
  10. 10. Parl Deb (1884) 289, c 1561; ibid (1907) 178, c 463. On 27 June 1884, a motion to omit ‘Nem. Con.’ from an entry in the Votes of the preceding day was brought forward (without notice, as a matter of privilege) and negatived, CJ (1884) 324.