DIVISIONS: INSTRUCTIONS TO TELLERS
Within three minutes from the order "Clear
the Bar", two Tellers for the Contents and two for the
Not-contents must be appointed. Tellers must give their names
to the Clerk at the Table, and state whether they are telling
for the Contents or Not-contents and in return they receive a
wand and a counter.
When the Lord on the Woolsack or in the Chair says,
"The Contents will go to the right by the Throne, the
Not-contents to the left by the Bar", the Tellers take
up their posts in the Lobbies and, provided that the Clerks are
in their places, the voting begins. The Tellers count the Lords
as they pass through, the first Lord counted being number 3, so
as to include automatically the two Tellers on each side.
If the Lord on the Woolsack or in the Chair does
not direct the Contents and Not-contents into the Lobbies, the
Division does not take place, and the Tellers should inform Lords
waiting in the Lobbies accordingly and return their wands to the
Eight minutes after the Bar is ordered to be cleared,
the doors leading into the Chamber from outside are locked, and
only those already in the Chamber or in the Lobbies can from that
After eight minutes the Tellers must remain in the
Lobbies until they are satisfied that all Lords who wish to vote
in their Lobby have done so. The Tellers then walk the length
of the Lobbies and return to the Chamber by the door furthest
from their telling position in order to be able to collect last-minute
votes. They inform the Clerk at the Table of the numbers who have
voted in their Lobby. To this figure the Clerk adds any votes
taken in the House.
One of the Tellers for the majority then receives
from the Clerk a paper on which the numbers are recorded. This
he hands, with a bow, to the Lord on the Woolsack or in the Chair,
who announces the figures to the House. The Teller waits by the
Woolsack or the Chair until the result is announced.
When the result is announced, the Teller rejoins
the other three Tellers who meanwhile have remained at the Table.
All four then hand back their wands to the Clerk and disperse.