If there is a tie in a vote, how does the Speaker vote? Does the Speaker conventionally vote with the Government?
No. Ties are rare, but one happened recently, prompting this question to be explored in parliament and in the press. By tradition, the Speaker votes for any proposal (be it from the government or not) in a procedural vote in order to allow further discussion. However, in the final vote, the Speaker votes against it, on the reasoning that he or she should not create a majority where there is none.