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Procedure Committee (Commons)
The House of Commons Procedure Committee is examining how to implement the House’s decision of 1 February on proxy voting and 'baby leave' for MPs.
On Thursday 1 February the House of Commons resolved “That this House believes that it would be to the benefit of the functioning of parliamentary democracy that honourable Members who have had a baby or adopted a child should for a period of time be entitled, but not required, to discharge their responsibilities to vote in this House by proxy".
Consequently, the Procedure Committee has decided to examine:—
1. How a system of proxy voting might operate in the House of Commons.
2. What the practical requirements of appointing a proxy would be.
3. How a proxy vote would operate.
4. How proxy voting is managed in other legislatures (a) in the UK (b) in other Westminster-based systems and (c) under other parliamentary systems.
A paper submitted to the Procedure Committee by the Clerk of the House of Commons is available to read here. ( PDF 256 KB)
Evidence given by Rt Hon Mr David Lammy MP, Chair of the APPG on Fatherhood, Hannah Bardell MP
Evidence given by Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, and Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
David Natzler, Clerk of the House of CommonsJo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Procedure Committee launches inquiry into proxy voting in the House of Commons