An Age Old Tradition For The House Of Commons Essay

2620 Words Jun 4th, 2016 11 Pages
Westminster has an age old tradition for the use of division lobbies. The method of voting in the lobbies for Members of both House has remained relatively untouched since its inception, after the great fire of 1834 . The introduction of deferred divisions in 2004 was considered to be a reform too far for many members. A more recent development has been the introduction of tablets to record the votes of members. This change was brought about initially in the Lords. The change in the Commons was rushed through by the proposals for double majority votes required under the EVEL legislation. The changes would have happened regardless of the need for the double majority votes. The tablets were only used on EVEL votes for their first two months of use in the chamber, the division clerks were then in a position to roll this out for all votes in the House of Commons. This new system, however, has not made any changes to the ability of members to record their vote. They still have the eight minutes to reach the lobbies. Their names are still checked off by the clerks and they are still counted by the tellers resulting in a process that still takes on average 15 minutes.
Any method of voting in the Houses of Parliament is highly important. This is due to the highly significant nature of votes, both collectively and of each and every member. This significance was not highlighted better than when Jim Callaghan’s Government was brought down by just one vote. There are…

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