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Parliamentary Procedure: Seated And Covered

This British article explains the arcane practice of members of parliament remaining seated and covered in the chamber.

The article is taken from The Backbencher, the weekly newsletter from The Guardian.

Seated and Covered

House of Commons rules used to demand that an MP who wanted to make a point of order during a division was “seated and covered”. This indicated that they were not trying to start a debate, which is forbidden at this time. [Read more…]