When the decision of the Speaker of the House of Commons or the chair as to the preponderance of voices upon a question which has been put from the chair is challenged, the Speaker or the chair, as the case may be, immediately orders the lobbies to be cleared1. After an interval of not more than two minutes, he again puts the question2, and if his opinion is again challenged, and unless in his opinion a division is unnecessarily claimed3, he directs the 'ayes' to go into the right lobby and the 'noes' into the
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