Equality of votes

According to House of Lords Standing Order 57, no proposal (motion) to reject or amend a Bill or piece of secondary legislation can be agreed to unless there is a majority in favour of rejection or amendment. Similar rules apply to other types of motion. In other words, the general presumption for any motion or amendment is that where the votes are equal the motion or amendment under consideration is rejected.

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Standing Orders of the House of Lords related to public business

Related glossary term: Delegated or secondary legislation

Related glossary term: Motion

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