The recent House of Commons vote on war with Iraq received considerable attention here. As part of the coverage, one of the newscasters mentioned that “we don’t know yet exactly how many Laborites voted against Blair”. This got me to wondering about division votes in Parliament. (Is there any other type of vote? Does either house of Parliament ever vote by roll call, as we do in the Senate, or by electronic device, as we do in the House?) How do you know who voted how? Do the members give their name to the tellers as they walk by? Does somebody look at the video later and, assuming that they can recognize all 600-odd members, make a list? Or do the party whips keep track of this as the members file by?
In America any roll call vote is recorded for posterity in the Congressional Record. Is there any official, permanent record of how the individual M.P.'s voted?