Withdrawal of motions
5.72 The practice of asking leave for the motion
to be withdrawn at the conclusion of a debate is normally adopted
in cases where all that has been sought is to raise a subject
in debate. A motion or an amendment to a motion that has been
moved can only be withdrawn by the unanimous leave of the House,
but it is rare for any objection to be made to withdrawal.
5.73 The member in whose name the motion stands
should conclude the debate by saying:
"I beg leave to withdraw
5.74 No formal motion for withdrawal is made
and no formal Question is put. The Lord on the Woolsack asks the
"Is it your Lordships' pleasure
that the motion be withdrawn?"
5.75 A single dissenting voice is sufficient
to prevent withdrawal.
If there is none, the Lord on the Woolsack adds:
"The motion is, by leave,
5.76 If any member dissents, the Lord on the
Woolsack must put the Question on the motion.
5.77 When a member begs leave to withdraw a motion,
other members are not precluded from rising to speak; and if they
continue the debate the mover may again beg leave to withdraw
the motion at a later stage. If, however, the Lord on the Woolsack
has asked the House whether leave to withdraw be granted, and
any member has objected, the mover cannot again seek leave to
withdraw his motion, which must be decided on Question.