Correction of numbers voting

25.84The responsibility for counting the votes rests with the tellers but, if a discrepancy is discovered between their figures and the number of names recorded by the Clerks, and the tellers agree that a correction is necessary, an announcement to this effect is made from the Woolsack or the Chair at the earliest possible moment.1 If the correction involves the reversal of a decision of the House, any further proceedings that may have been taken on the basis of that decision are, unless irreversible, voided.2


  1. 1. HL Deb (1979–80) 400, cc 782, 800; LJ (1979–80) 64; ibid (2003–04) 851; ibid (2006–07) 444.
  2. 2. LJ (1966–67) 48, 58. When tellers were appointed only for the Not-contents, and it was erroneously announced that tellers had been appointed only for the Contents, a statement was made by one of the tellers concerned, and the proceedings vacated and the Minutes amended by a subsequent order of the House, HL Deb (1970–71) 318, cc 1305, 1519; LJ (1970–71) 467, 508, 548. When doubt arose as to whether tellers had been appointed the proceedings were vacated and the question again put, HL Deb (1993–94) 556, cc 166, 179–80; LJ (1993–94) 479, 486.