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Define a minimum quorum for debates in the commons and prevent MP’s voting on issues if they did not attend the debates

Comment 16th July 2010

As it states in the title I wish to define a minimum quorum of MP's to be present for any debate to take place in the house of commons.

If such a quorum is not present the debate is postponed.

Also I wish to prevent MP's that did not attend the debates from voting on bills, if they aren't interested enough to attend how can they be interested enough to vote.

Why does this matter?

Bills being debated in Parliament may eventually form the basis of UK law and as such they require careful attention, if only a handful of MP's are present at a debate then how can they be said to be paying this careful attention we require of them.

Yes this will slow down the process of creating new laws, however the process of creating laws should strive for accuracy and not speed.

Further if an MP does not pay attention to a bill by being present at it's debates they should not be allowed to wander in at the last minute and vote as instructed by their party whip.

Yes this idea will bring an end to the party whip, but is that such a bad thing ?

For example with the Digital Economy Act, during the debates there were times when under 20 MP's were present, yet when it came time to vote the party whip ensured a sufficient number to cast their vote as they were told.

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