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Monday, 15 November 2010
Page: 2285

Mr FITZGIBBON (8:11 PM) —Very briefly, on indulgence: Mr Speaker, I witnessed some confusion just before the unofficial dinner break about divisions. I do not raise this matter to in any way be discourteous to anyone, but I do remind all members of the House that while we have an unofficial dinner break—a period during which no divisions occur—it is still necessary for those seeking a division to call a division before that time arrives. So, for the clarification of members, I want them to understand that it is still necessary to call a division even though we might be going into the dinner break.

The SPEAKER —The point that the Chief Government Whip raises is well put. There is still an obligation to seek a division and then the division is deferred.