Proxy voting and parental absence Contents

Annex 1: proposed Standing Order changes to provide for proxy voting

Draft Standing Order (Voting by proxy for parental absence)

(1) A Member may, by reason of absence from the precincts of the House for childbirth or care of an infant or newly-adopted child, arrange for their vote to be cast in accordance with this order by another Member acting as a proxy (a proxy vote).

(2) A proxy vote may be cast:

a)in a division in the House, in Committee of the whole House, or in any legislative grand committee, in relation to the business specified in paragraph (3) below;

b)on business specified in paragraph (3) below recorded in a division under Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions), and

c)in a ballot cast in an election under Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), Standing Order No. 2A (Election of the Deputy Speakers) and Standing Order No. 122B (Election of select committee chairs)

(3) Subject to paragraph (4) below, a proxy vote may be cast on [all public and private business of the House].

[Possible amendments:]

[all public and private business of the House on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays]

[all business of the House related to

a)orders of the day on Government bills and

b)motions moved by a Minister of the Crown]

(4) No proxy vote shall be cast in a division on any motion in the form specified in section 2(2) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

(5) No proxy vote shall be reckoned in the numbers participating in a division for the purposes of [(a)] Standing Order No. 41(1) (Quorum).

[Possible amendment:]

a)[, and (b) Standing Order No. 37 (Majority for closure or for proposal of question.]

(6) A proxy vote may be cast only if the Speaker has certified that the Member for whom the vote is to be cast is eligible under the terms of this order and the Resolution of the House of [date] and if that certificate, including the name of the Member nominated as a proxy, has been published in the Votes and Proceedings.

(7) A vote cast by a proxy shall be clearly indicated as such in the division lists published under the authority of the House.

(8) The Speaker may make provision for the exercise of a proxy vote insofar as it is not provided for in this Order.

Published: 15 May 2018