Division

Division

A vote taken by the House of Parliament in which a record of the names of members and how they vote is recorded.

A question before the House is usually determined by a clear majority of members voting either “Aye” or “No”.  But sometimes it is not clear whether the Ayes or the Noes have a majority and a division is called.  When a division is called, the bells are rung to summon members to the House. Members vote by moving to the right side of the chamber to vote “Aye” and to the left side of the chamber to vote “No”. The votes of the members are counted and recorded and when counting has concluded the outcome is declared and recorded.