Rating (Empty Properties) Bill — exemptions — 14 Jun 2007 at 15:00
Robert Goodwill MP, Scarborough and Whitby voted in the minority (Teller for the Ayes).
Amendment tabled by the Conservative front bench that introduces a series of exemptions for empty properties:
(a) the whole hereditament has, subject to subsection (1B), been unoccupied for a continuous period not exceeding three months;(b) its owner is prohibited by law from occupying it or allowing it to be occupied; (c) it is kept vacant by reason of action taken by or on behalf of the Crown or any local or public authority with a view to prohibiting the occupation of the hereditament or to acquiring it; (d) it is the subject of a building preservation notice as defined by section 3 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 or is included in a list compiled under section 1 of that Act; (e) it is included in the Schedule of monuments compiled under section 1 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (c. 46); (f) it is a qualifying industrial hereditament; (g) its rateable value is less than £2,200; (h) the owner is entitled to possession only in his capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person; (i) there subsists in respect of the owner’s estate a bankruptcy order within the meaning of Parts VIII to XI of the Insolvency Act.
Question put, That the amendment be made:-
The Committee divided: Ayes 143, Noes 236.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||110 (+2 tell)||0||57.1%|
|Lab||235 (+2 tell)||0||0||67.3%|