674. Procedure on divisions.

At the conclusion of a debate the lord on the Woolsack or the lord in the chair puts the question, proceeds to collect the voices and announces his decision as to the majority of 'contents' or 'not contents'1.

If his decision is challenged, the bar is ordered to be cleared2 and during the three minutes thereafter two tellers are appointed by both contents and not contents3. If tellers for both sides have been appointed, after three minutes the question is again put4. Clerks are in attendance in each lobby to record the names of the contents and not-contents respectively and