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Procedure Committee (Commons)
Report published 15 May 2018.
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)
Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the inquiry on voting by proxy in the House of Commons.
Procedure Committee publishes letter from the Leader of the House concerning proxy voting