Proxy voting: review of pilot arrangements



1 Introduction

Proxy voting for parental absence

Extension of the pilot to coronavirus-related absences

Our review

2 Proxy voting for parental absence

Overall evaluation

Elements of the scheme

Eligibility requirements

Certification of eligibility

Eligibility on other grounds


Maximum duration

Shared parental leave

Eligibility over periods when the House does not sit

Requirements at the start of a Parliament

Informing Members and the public

Designating and exercising a proxy

Perinatal complications

3 Proxy voting for public health reasons

Eligibility and notification

Proxy voting and virtual participation


Exercising the proxy

Designation of proxy

Resilience arrangements

4 Technical amendments required

Proxy votes and motions under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Use of proxy votes in the election of Committee Chairs

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: text of proposed Standing Order

Annex 2: text of proposed proxy voting scheme

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 10 September 2020