Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill — Allow failed asylum seekers to be given cash rather than vouchers — rejected — 29 Mar 2006 at 17:00

Peter Luff MP, Mid Worcestershire did not vote.

The majority No voters rejected an amendment[1] to the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill.

The amendment concerns asylum seekers who have been turned down and who have no further appeals open to them, but who cannot yet leave the country. They get vouchers for food and accommodation. Lords amendment No. 18[2] widened the scope of the vouchers to include other services (possibly including travel), but explicitly said asylum seekers could not be given money.

In this particular vote the amendment would have removed the word "not"[3], making it possible (but not necessary) for a future Secretary of State to issue cash rather than vouchers to failed asylum seekers. However, the amendment was defeated.

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill became law in 2006. Its main aims were to:[4]

  • Restrict appeals from those are refused entry to the UK to work or study. Only rejected asylum applications can have a full appeal
  • Criminalise employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants
  • Allow biometric data to be taken from people entering the UK
  • Requires that asylum is refused to anyone who is involved in terrorist activities

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Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 301.5%
DUP5 1066.7%
Lab303 (+2 tell) 19091.8%
LDem0 58 (+2 tell)095.2%
PC0 2066.7%
Res0 10100.0%
SNP0 4066.7%
UUP0 10100.0%
Total:308 89063.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Jeffrey M DonaldsonLagan ValleyDUPaye
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Jon CruddasDagenhamLabaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Clare ShortBirmingham, Ladywoodwhilst Labaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Marsha SinghBradford WestLabaye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Keith VazLeicester EastLabaye

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