HC Deb 25 October 1972 vol 843 c318W
Mr. Denzil Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many recorded divisions took place in the European Assembly in the first six months of 1972; and how many Members, on average, voted in each division.

Mr. Anthony Royle

During the first half of 1972 the European Parliament adopted 76 resolutions. There were also an unrecorded number of votes on amendments to draft resolutions and on procedural matters.

The rules of procedure of the European Parliament provide for voting by show of hands, by sitting and standing or, when 10 or more Members so desire or a qualified majority is required, by roll call. Only in the latter circumstances is a record of voting published. There were no votes by roll call during the first six months of 1972.

Records of the proceedings of the European Parliament are published in the "Communications et Informations" series of the Journal Officiel of the Communities. Numbers 10, 19, 36, 45, 56 and 70, which are available in the Library of the House, cover the six sessions in the period referred to in the Question.