Members ‘backing’ a bill

28.18The names of Members ordered to bring in a bill may not exceed twelve in number.1 This limit applies equally to bills presented under Standing Order No 57.2 The name of a Member who acts as teller against a motion for leave to introduce a bill is not permitted to appear among the names on the back of the bill.3 The names of those Members as they appear in the Votes and Proceedings when the bill is ordered to be printed cannot be changed when a bill is subsequently printed.


  1. 1. Speaker's private ruling, 1 February 1873. See also HC Deb (1979–80) 975, c 442.
  2. 2. Parl Deb (1902) 104, c 1292.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1970–71) 808, cc 1119–20 and 1372–77; ibid (1986–87) 99, c 1081; ibid (1987–88) 124, c 930; ibid (1991–92) 202, c 321.