House of Commons launches new mobile app for division results
From Wednesday November 2 the new CommonsVotes app will launch, which will make available full House of Commons division results – showing how MPs have voted following debates in the Chamber – around 20 minutes after the result is announced in the Chamber. This app has been developed in-house by the Parliamentary Digital Service, in conjunction with the Public Bill Office.
CommonsVotes takes advantage of the new system for recording divisions on tablet devices introduced in early 2016 to make the full breakdown of votes available quickly in an easy to use and analyse format. Full division lists are already available online on the Hansard website but only after a delay of around 2-3 hours.
The app sorts the division results by Ayes vs Noes and – within that – by party, and users have the option of bookmarking individual MPs to view their voting record. CommonsVotes joins a suite of procedural apps built by the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS), including HousePapers which makes available digitally papers relating to Parliamentary business in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, including the Order Paper and copies of bills.
Further information and guidance
To find out more, House of Commons and PDS staff will have a stall in the Atrium of Portcullis House, running on Tuesday 8 November from 10am to 4pm, where they will be happy to demonstrate how the app works.