Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill — 25 Jan 1999
Sylvia Heal MP, Halesowen and Rowley Regis voted with the majority (Aye).
A majority of MPs voted for the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill to be read a second time, thus moving it closer to becoming law.
The bill sought to reduce the age at which buggery was legal from 18 to 16. ("Buggery" is the legal term for anal intercourse either between men or between a man and a woman.) It also sought to reduce the age at which other homosexual acts were permitted from 18 to 16.
The House divided: Ayes 313, Noes 130.
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|
|Con||7 (+1 tell)||104 (+2 tell)||0||70.4%|
|Lab||275 (+1 tell)||15||0||69.8%|
|Peter Brooke||Cities of London and Westminster||Con||aye|
|Alan Duncan||Rutland and Melton||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Edward Heath||Old Bexley and Sidcup||Con||aye|
|Eleanor Laing||Epping Forest||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew Rowe||Faversham and Mid Kent||Con||aye|
|Shaun Woodward||Witney||whilst Con (front bench)||tellaye|
|Donald Anderson||Swansea East||Lab||no|
|Stuart Bell||Middlesbrough||Lab (minister)||no|
|Joe Benton||Bootle||Lab (minister)||no|
|Bruce George||Walsall South||Lab||no|
|David Marshall||Glasgow Shettleston||Lab||no|
|Kerry Pollard||St Albans||Lab||no|
|Ted Rowlands||Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney||Lab||no|
|Robert Wareing||Liverpool, West Derby||Lab||no|
|Colin Breed||South East Cornwall||LDem||no|
|Ray Michie||Argyll and Bute||LDem||no|
|Bob Russell||Colchester||LDem (front bench)||no|