Iraq — 17 Feb 1998
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted with the majority (Aye).
I beg to move,
That this House condemns the continuing refusal of Iraq to comply with its obligations under the relevant post-ceasefire UN Security Council Resolutions, by allowing UNSCOM to carry out without restrictions the required inspections of its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programmes; believes that these programmes represent a continuing threat to international peace and stability; fully supports the efforts of the Government to reach a diplomatic solution to the present confrontation with Iraq within the framework of these Security Council Resolutions; and expresses its full support also for the resolve of the Government to use all necessary means to achieve an outcome consistent with these Resolutions.
I beg to move, To leave out from the second "Resolutions" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:
"fully supports the resolve of the Government to use all necessary means to achieve an outcome consistent with these Resolutions; and emphasises the importance of setting the clearest possible objectives linked to any action that might be taken.".
There was not a limited timetable. I utterly fail to understand what is going on in the heads of hon. Members who table an amendment saying that the United Nations Security Council should abandon what was decided in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, given that the resolutions originally passed were unconditional. Saddam Hussein accepted "ongoing monitoring and verification". That resolution is as valid today as it was when it was carried seven years ago, and Saddam Hussein has violated it deliberately, repeatedly and continually.
Inspections were to be unfettered and immediate. Seven years on, after a concerted campaign of obstruction, Saddam's regime still refuses to honour its undertakings.
Amendment agreed to.
Main Question, as amended, put: --
The House divided: Ayes 493, Noes 25.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||304 (+2 tell)||21 (+2 tell)||0||78.9%|
|Diane Abbott||Hackney North and Stoke Newington||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mr Harry Barnes||North East Derbyshire||Lab||no|
|Mr Tony Benn||Chesterfield||Lab||tellno|
|Mr Andrew Bennett||Denton and Reddish||Lab||no|
|Dennis Canavan||Falkirk West||whilst Lab||no|
|Michael Clapham||Barnsley West and Penistone||Lab||no|
|Harry Cohen||Leyton and Wanstead||Lab||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Mr Tam Dalyell||Linlithgow||Lab||tellno|
|George Galloway||Glasgow Kelvin||Lab||no|
|Mr Bernie Grant||Tottenham||Lab||no|
|Ken Livingstone||Brent East||whilst Lab||no|
|Mrs Alice Mahon||Halifax||Lab||no|
|John Martin McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||no|
|Mr Bill Michie||Sheffield, Heeley||Lab||no|
|Mohammad Sarwar||Glasgow Govan||Lab||no|
|Alan Simpson||Nottingham South||Lab||no|
|Dennis Skinner||Bolsover||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mr Llew Smith||Blaenau Gwent||Lab||no|
|Robert Wareing||Liverpool, West Derby||Lab||no|
|Ms Audrey Wise||Preston||Lab||no|
|Mr Jimmy Wray||Glasgow Baillieston||Lab||no|