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. HL Deb (1979–80) 400, cc 782, 800; LJ (1979–80) 64; ibid (2003–04) 851; ibid (2006–07) 444.
- 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.