Annual Report 2002-03

APPENDIX D


Business of the House: Statistics

A SITTINGS
By calendar year 2002 2001* 2000 1999
1 Number of sittings days
(excluding days when the
House sat for judicial business
only and swearing in days) 156 132 169 157
2 Number of weeks during
which the House sat 40 35 40 37
3 Number of hours for which
the House sat 1090:57 894:22 1261:37 1190:28
4 Average daily attendance 370 355 346 434
5 Average length of sitting 6:59 6:46 7:28 7:35
6 Number of divisionsÝ 131 82 189 101
(i) Government victories 73 60 146 62
(ii) Government defeats 43 15 36 30
(iii) Other divisions 15 7 7 9

* General election year.

† A government victory is defined as one where at least one of the tellers is a government whip. Divisions without a quorum and unwhipped divisions are counted as "Other divisions".



B THE TIME OF THE HOUSE (in hours) was divided approximately as follows:

By calendar year 2002 2001* 2000 1999
1 Prayers 13:42
1.3%
11:00
1.2%
14:12
1.1%
13:13
1.1%
2 Introduction of new peers 0:36
<0.1%
4:27
0.5%
3:54
0.3%
5:15
0.4%
3 Starred questions 71:53
6.6%
58:32
6.5%
74:44
5.9%
71:16
6%
4 General debates 204:25
18.7%
205:43
23%
155:53
12.4%
195:01
16.4%
5 Debates on European
Communities Committee reports
17:47
1.6%
15:08
1.7%
24:11
1.9%
37:25
3.1%
6 Debates on Science &
Technology Committee reports
7:50
0.7%
8:48
1%
1:53
0.1%
3:07
0.3%
7 Statements 60:07
5.5%
41:33
4.6%
43:16
3.4%
45:35
3.8%
8 Measures 0
0%
0:11
<0.1%
0:04
<0.1%
0:28
<0.1%
9 Public Bills
(including hybrid bills)
576:26
52.8%
401:51
44.9%
799:47
63.4%
671:44
56.4%
10 Private bills 2:17
0.2%
0.22
<0.1%
1.44
0.1%
0:25
<0.1%
11 Statutory instruments 51:35
4.7%
63:08
7.1%
35:12
2.8%
39:23
3.3%
12 Unstarred questions 67:10
6.2%
67:01
7.5%
87:33
6.9%
91:34
7.7%
13 Other (including formal
business and adjournments)
17:09
1.6%
16:38
1.9%
19:14
1.5%
16:02
1.3%

* General election year.

 

 

 

 

 




 
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