Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Divisions (9 Jun 2016)

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun  

How long the House spent voting in the 2015-16 Session.

One of the defences the Leader of the House has previously given for the current voting system is that it allows Members to grab a Minister in the voting Lobby. The thing is that guys on the SNP Benches are never in the same voting Lobby as Ministers. The 269 Divisions in the last Session meant that we spent roughly 60 hours of our time hanging around in the voting Lobbies, which is equivalent to a football player’s entire season in the premier league, so are we going to see electronic voting or the continuation of an inter-party league?