Deciding the question on certified instruments, etc

27.25A system of double majority divisions also applies to reaching contested decisions on certified statutory instruments, and certain approval motions and motions for resolutions for which the procedure is prescribed by standing order.1 This provision applies to deferred divisions as well as divisions taking place in the House. In all cases, a motion can only pass if a majority of all Members and a majority of Members representing qualifying constituencies vote in favour of the motion.2 If a majority is not achieved in either group of Members, where the motion is for approval of a draft instrument, the instrument cannot be made, and, where the motion is for the annulment of the instrument, the instrument remains in force and full effect, regardless of whether the majority was not obtained among all Members or among Members representing qualifying constituencies.


  1. 1. See para 27.10.
  2. 2. SO Nos 83Q and 83R(2)–(3).