Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill — Defences available to persons who are under age — 1 Mar 1999
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (No).
As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.
(a) in subsection (1), after the words "subsection (1A)" there shall be inserted the words "or (1AA)";
(b) in subsection (1A), after the word "circumstances" there shall be inserted the word "first"; and
(c) after that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection--
"(1AA) The other circumstances so referred to are that the person is under the age of sixteen and the other person has attained that age."
(2) In section 13 of that Act (indecency between men)--
(a) after the words "another man", in the first place where they occur, there shall be inserted the words "otherwise than in the circumstances described below"; and
(b) at the end there shall be inserted the following paragraph--
"The circumstances referred to above are that the man is under the age of sixteen and the other man has attained that age."
(3) In subsection (1) of section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1967--
(a) the words from "a homosexual act" to the end shall become paragraph (a); and
(b) after that paragraph there shall be inserted the words "and
(b) a homosexual act by any person shall not be an offence if he is under the age of sixteen years and the other party has attained that age."
(4) In section 13 of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995, after subsection (8) there shall be inserted the following subsection--
"(8A) A person under the age of sixteen years does not commit an offence under subsection (5)(a) or (c) above if he commits or is party to the commission of a homosexual act with a person who has attained that age."
(5) In paragraph (1) of Article 3 of the Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982--
(a) the words from "a homosexual act" to the end shall become sub-paragraph (a); and
(b) after that sub-paragraph there shall be inserted the words "and
(b) a homosexual act by any person shall not be an offence if he is under the age of seventeen years and the other party has attained that age.".'-- [Mr. Boateng.]
Brought up, and read the First time.
I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.
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Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:--
The House divided: Ayes 274, Noes 64.
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||5||55 (+2 tell)||0||38.3%|
|Lab||247 (+2 tell)||6||1||61.4%|
|James Clappison||Hertsmere||Con (front bench)||aye|
|David Curry||Skipton and Ripon||Con||aye|
|Douglas Hogg||Sleaford and North Hykeham||Con||aye|
|Eleanor Laing||Epping Forest||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Sir Peter Lloyd||Fareham||Con||aye|
|Mr Donald Anderson||Swansea East||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mr Jamie Cann||Ipswich||Lab||no|
|Mr Eric Clarke||Midlothian||Lab||no|
|Mr Bill O'Brien||Normanton||Lab||no|
|Mr Kerry Pollard||St Albans||Lab||no|
|Mr Raymond Powell||Ogmore||Lab||no|
|Mr Allan Rogers||Rhondda||Lab||both|