Doing things differently in the Lords….

_39082269_lordsstill_300Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons.   On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading.   None of this applies in the Commons.  There are also some differences when it comes to divisions.  Not only is there a difference in terminology (ayes/noes, contents/not contents), but we also do things differently if a member votes in both lobbies or if there is a tied vote.  I have done a post on Lords of the Blog explaining exactly what these differences are.


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to Doing things differently in the Lords….

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    with all your particular c.v. do you ever think of having refreshments served for voting? Then you could have one more table of contents to your credit and a first table of not contents.

  2. Princeps Senatus says:

    Dear Lord Norton,
    On the point of doing things differently in the Lords, can you cover the proceedings of the last half-hour of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Referendum) Bill in the Lords the week before last?
    As I understand it, the House resumed, but that the Committee of the Whole House remained in possession of the Bill and therefore it can proceed at a future date. Can I request you to write a blog post on this point?

    • Lord Norton says:

      Princeps Senatus: The House voted to adjourn consideration of the Bill. It remains in committee, but there is no time likely to be allocated to resume deliberation on the Bill. For the purpose of the Parliament Act, the failure of the House to pass a Bill within the session is deemed to be a rejection of the Bill.

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