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Division No. 165
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AYES


Adams, Mrs Irene (Paisley N)
Allen, Graham
Arbuthnot, Rt Hon James
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Beggs, Roy
Bell, Martin (Tatton)
Benn, Hilary (Leeds C)
Benn, Rt Hon Tony (Chesterfield)
Bercow, John
Betts, Clive
Brady, Graham
Brown, Russell (Dumfries)
Browne, Desmond
Burnett, John
Clark, Paul (Gillingham)
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth
(Rushcliffe)
Clelland, David
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Clwyd, Ann
Corbett, Robin
Cranston, Ross
Dismore, Andrew
Dowd, Jim
Eagle, Maria (L'pool Garston)
Efford, Clive
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Emery, Rt Hon Sir Peter
Faber, David
Foulkes, George
Fowler, Rt Hon Sir Norman
Galloway, George
Garnier, Edward
Goggins, Paul
Grieve, Dominic
Henderson, Doug (Newcastle N)
Hopkins, Kelvin
Howard, Rt Hon Michael
Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Ingram, Rt Hon Adam
Jamieson, David
Kaufman, Rt Hon Gerald
Khabra, Piara S
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Leigh, Edward
Levitt, Tom
Lilley, Rt Hon Peter
Linton, Martin
McDonagh, Siobhain
McIntosh, Miss Anne
McIsaac, Shona
McNulty, Tony
Mactaggart, Fiona
Mahon, Mrs Alice
Mandelson, Rt Hon Peter
Michael, Rt Hon Alun
Miller, Andrew
O'Brien, Mike (N Warks)
O'Brien, Stephen (Eddisbury)
Olner, Bill
Osborne, Ms Sandra
Paterson, Owen
Pearson, Ian
Pike, Peter L
Pond, Chris
Rapson, Syd
Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)
Ross, William (E Lond'y)
Simpson, Keith (Mid-Norfolk)
Spellar, John
Swayne, Desmond
Syms, Robert
Taylor, Ian (Esher & Walton)
Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Tipping, Paddy
Touhig, Don
Tynan, Bill
Wells, Bowen
White, Brian
Williams, Mrs Betty (Conwy)
Wyatt, Derek
Young, Rt Hon Sir George

Tellers for the Ayes:


Mr. Dennis Skinner and
Mr. David Winnick.


NOES


Allan, Richard
Anderson, Rt Hon Donald
(Swansea E)
Austin, John
Baldry, Tony
Bayley, Hugh
Beard, Nigel
Beckett, Rt Hon Mrs Margaret
Begg, Miss Anne
Beith, Rt Hon A J
Bell, Stuart (Middlesbrough)
Boswell, Tim
Browning, Mrs Angela
Bruce, Ian (S Dorset)
Butterfill, John
Caplin, Ivor
Chapman, Sir Sydney
(Chipping Barnet)
Chope, Christopher
Colman, Tony
Connarty, Michael
Cotter, Brian
Cox, Tom
Darvill, Keith
Davidson, Ian
Dawson, Hilton
Drown, Ms Julia
Fabricant, Michael
Forth, Rt Hon Eric
Foster, Don (Bath)
George, Andrew (St Ives)
Gerrard, Neil
Gibb, Nick
Gibson, Dr Ian
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Gilroy, Mrs Linda
Godman, Dr Norman A
Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir Archie
Hancock, Mike
Heath, David (Somerton & Frome)
Heppell, John
Horam, John
Hutton, John
Iddon, Dr Brian
Jack, Rt Hon Michael
Jackson, Helen (Hillsborough)
Jenkin, Bernard
Johnson Smith,
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak)
Keen, Alan (Feltham & Heston)
King, Ms Oona (Bethnal Green)
Kirkwood, Archy
Laxton, Bob
Livsey, Richard
Loughton, Tim
McGuire, Mrs Anne
Mackinlay, Andrew
McWalter, Tony
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Maxton, John
Michie, Mrs Ray (Argyll & Bute)
Moore, Michael
Moran, Ms Margaret
Ottaway, Richard
Pollard, Kerry
Pound, Stephen
Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)
Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Rendel, David
Robathan, Andrew
Rowe, Andrew (Faversham)
Ruddock, Joan
St Aubyn, Nick
Sheldon, Rt Hon Robert
Shepherd, Richard
Smith, Sir Robert (W Ab'd'ns)
Soames, Nicholas
Spring, Richard
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Stevenson, George
Tyler, Paul
Vis, Dr Rudi
Welsh, Andrew
Wilkinson, John
Winterton, Nicholas (Macclesfield)
Wright, Anthony D (Gt Yarmouth)

Tellers for the Noes:


Mr. Crispin Blunt and
Mr. Andrew Stunell.

Question accordingly negatived.

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Main Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,



(1) This House approves the recommendations contained in the Second Report of the Procedure Committee, Session 2000-01, Election of a Speaker (House of Commons Paper No. 40) relating to the election of a Speaker.
(2) Standing Order No. 1 (Election of the Speaker) be amended by leaving out paragraph (4); and the title of the Standing Order shall be 'Election of the Speaker: Member presiding'; and
(3) The following new Standing Orders No. 1A (Re-election of former Speaker) and No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot) be made:

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Re-election of former Speaker


1A. (1) If at the commencement of a Parliament the Member who was Speaker at the dissolution of the previous Parliament is returned to the House, the Member presiding in accordance with Standing Order No. 1 (Election of the Speaker: Member presiding) shall, when the House meets to proceed with the choice of a Speaker, ascertain whether the former Speaker is willing to be chosen as Speaker, and, the former Speaker having submitted himself to the House, shall call upon a Member to move that he do take the Chair of this House as Speaker; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith.


(2) If the question is agreed to, the former Speaker shall thereupon take the Chair as Speaker-elect.
(3) If the question is negatived, the Member presiding shall forthwith adjourn the House to the following day at half-past Two o'clock, and the House shall proceed in accordance with Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot).

Election of Speaker by secret ballot


1B. (1) If the question put in accordance with Standing Order No. 1A (Re-election of former Speaker) has been negatived, and on any other occasion when it is necessary to proceed with the choice of a new Speaker, the election shall be by secret ballot.


(2) Preparatory arrangements for a ballot shall be made under the supervision of the Clerk of the House.
(3) (a) Nominations of candidates shall be in writing and shall be received by the Clerk of the House between half-past Nine o'clock and half-past Ten o'clock in the morning on the day on which the House is to elect a Speaker.
(b) Each nomination shall consist of a signed statement made by the candidate declaring his willingness to stand for election accompanied by the signatures of not fewer than twelve nor more than fifteen Members, of whom not fewer than three shall be Members elected to the House as members of any party other than that to which the candidate belongs or members of no party. No Member shall sign more than one such statement and if any Member does so, his signature shall no longer be valid.
(c) As soon as practicable following the close of nominations, lists of the candidates shall be placed in the Members' lobby and published.
(4) If only one Member is nominated in accordance with paragraph (3) above, the Member presiding shall, when the House meets to elect a Speaker, invite the Member so nominated to submit himself to the House, and shall then put forthwith the question that that Member do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
(5) Paragraphs (6) to (13) of this Order shall apply if two or more Members are nominated in accordance with paragraph (3) above.
(6) When the House meets, the order in which candidates may address the House shall be determined by lot; the Member presiding shall then invite each candidate to address the House; and after all candidates have been given an opportunity to speak, the Member presiding shall direct the House to proceed to a ballot.
(7) The Member presiding may not vote in any ballot.
(8) (a) A ballot shall take place in the lobbies unless the Member presiding directs otherwise.
(b) Each Member intending to vote shall be provided with a ballot paper bearing the names of the candidates listed in alphabetical order.
(c) Each such Member may vote for only one candidate on the ballot paper.
(d) A ballot shall be declared closed after the expiration of half an hour and counting shall take place under arrangements made by the Clerk of the House.
(e) The Member presiding shall have discretion to vary the timings given in this Order and power to give final directions on any matter of doubt arising from the conduct of a ballot or from an individual ballot paper.
(9) As soon as practicable after the votes have been counted the Member presiding shall announce to the House the numbers of votes cast for each candidate.

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(10) If a candidate has received more than half the votes cast in a ballot, the Member presiding shall forthwith put the question that that Member do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
(11) If no candidate has received more than half the votes cast in a ballot the Member presiding shall direct the House to proceed forthwith to a further ballot to which paragraph (12) below shall apply.
(12) In any further ballot no new nominations may be received and the names of--
(a) the candidate who received the fewest votes in the previous ballot;
(b) any candidate who received less than five per cent. of the votes cast in the previous ballot; and
(c) any candidate who, within ten minutes of the announcement in the House of the result of the previous ballot, shall have notified the Member presiding of his intention to withdraw,
shall be removed from the ballot paper, except that where two or more candidates received the same number of votes, their names shall remain on the ballot paper unless paragraph (b) applies.
(13) If the effect of paragraph (12) above is to remove from the ballot paper the name of every candidate except one, the Member presiding shall forthwith put the question that that Member do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
(14) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Orders Nos. 10 (Wednesday sittings) and 11 (Friday sittings), on any day on which the House meets to elect a Speaker, it shall meet at half-past Two o'clock.
(b) No amendment may be offered to the question that a Member do take the Chair of this House as Speaker.
(c) If that question is agreed to, that Member shall thereupon take the Chair as Speaker-elect.
(d) If that question is negatived, the Member presiding shall forthwith adjourn the House to the following day at half-past Two o'clock, and the provisions of paragraph (3) above shall apply in respect of a fresh ballot.


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