House of Lords Divisions

The House of Commons and the House of Lords register their votes on specific motions within debates or in committee by dividing. The results of the vote are referred to as divisions and are recorded in the Official Report (Hansard). In the House of Commons the Speaker calls for a vote by announcing 'Clear the Lobbies'. Division bells ring throughout the building and the police direct anyone who is not a Member to leave the vicinity of the lobbies. They also walk through the public rooms of the House shouting "division". MPs have eight minutes to get to the division lobby before the doors are closed. The division list records how the Members have voted in the Aye and No Lobbies. Tellers count the votes of the division so that they can be printed in Hansard and they are generally available the following day. Party affiliations are not recorded in the division lists. In the House of Lords the process is the same except that the lobbies are called the Contents Lobby and the Not Contents Lobby and the announcement 'Clear the Bar' is called.

Use this dataset:

  • If you want to know the outcomes of divisions in the House of Lords, including how members voted on each division

House of Lords Division Search

This provides a user interface which allows you to query Lords' divisions and votes using multiple filters, Selecting this option will show you the first few records from the dataset and then allow you to select data from the dataset by filtering on any of the attributes for the division. You will then be able to download or display the data in the following formats: CSV (e.g. for use in Microsoft Excel), TTL, Text, XML, JSON or RDF (e.g. for developers)

House of Lords Division API

Developers can build API calls using the explorer tool. Help for the APIs can be found at

House of Lords Divisions Atom Feed

The feed contains the 20 most recent resources for House of Lords Divisions. This format is mainly for developers. You can refer to for help on the syntax for atom feed requests.