Opposition Day — [5th allotted day] — Al-Yamamah Arms Agreement — 7 Feb 2007 at 16:15
David Laws MP, Yeovil voted in the minority (Aye).
I beg to move,
That this House notes the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) ongoing investigation into the sale by BAE Systems plc of a military air traffic control system to Tanzania and other arms-related inquiries; further notes that the SFO has ceased its investigation into BAE Systems plc and Saudi Arabia; calls for an independent inquiry into the reasons for the ending of the SFO investigation of the Saudi Arabian export sales; requests that there be laid before this House any papers or reports held by the Comptroller and Auditor General relating to the Al Yamamah arms agreement between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that have been prepared for committees of this House but not yet laid before it or published; and reaffirms the obligations of the United Kingdom under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:
"notes that the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) decision to discontinue its investigation into BAE Systems plc and Saudi Arabia was taken independently by the Director of the SFO on grounds of national security in the public interest and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors; further notes that the SFO is vigorously pursuing a number of other lines of investigation in relation to BAE Systems plc; welcomes the steps being taken by the Government to tackle international corruption; and further welcomes the Government's commitment to compliance with the United Kingdom's obligation under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.".
Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question:-
The House divided: Ayes 74, Noes 309.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||297 (+2 tell)||3||2||86.4%|
|LDem||0||55 (+2 tell)||0||90.5%|
|Nigel Evans||Ribble Valley||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||aye|
|Peter Kilfoyle||Liverpool, Walton||Lab||aye|
|Patrick Hall||Bedford||Lab (minister)||both|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab (minister)||both|