"What is the role of the Prime Minister in allowing a conscience vote on an issue debated in the Parliament?"

A conscience vote, or free vote, means that members of parliament are not obliged to vote with their party; instead, they can vote according to their own beliefs. A conscience vote is most commonly used to decide social issues or 'life and death' issues, such as abortion, euthanasia or capital punishment. Each parliamentary party decides if its members are allowed a conscience vote on a particular issue.

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