Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Testing for gender-related illness — 19 May 2008 at 21:45

The majority of MPs voted against tightening the provisions for when the sex of an embryo could be established, under a license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.[1]

When the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is passed, it would be possible to establish the sex of an embryo in a case where there is a particular risk that any resulting child will have or develop:[2]

  • a gender-related serious physical or mental disability,
  • a gender-related serious illness, or
  • any other gender-related serious medical condition

The proposal would have changed these conditions to:[3]

  • a gender-related physical or mental disability which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life,
  • a gender-related serious illness which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life, or
  • any other gender-related serious medical condition which is life-threatening or severely impairs their quality of life

but the original words were kept.

Debate in Parliament | Source |

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
Con32 101 (+2 tell)070.3%
DUP0 6066.7%
Independent1 0020.0%
Lab239 (+2 tell) 24075.5%
LDem39 15187.3%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP1 0033.3%
SNP3 2083.3%
Total:317 148174.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Jacqui LaitBeckenhamCon (front bench)no
Helen GoodmanBishop AucklandLab (minister)aye
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)aye
Andrew MacKayBracknellCon (front bench)no
Marsha SinghBradford WestLab (minister)aye
Roger WilliamsBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)aye
John BercowBuckinghamwhilst Con (front bench)no
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDem (front bench)aye
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDem (front bench)aye
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodCon (front bench)no
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)no
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetCon (front bench)no
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)both
Geoffrey Clifton-BrownCotswoldCon (front bench)no
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLab (minister)aye
Tim BoswellDaventryCon (front bench)no
Stewart HosieDundee EastSNP (front bench)aye
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)aye
John CummingsEasingtonLab (minister)aye
Hugo SwireEast DevonCon (front bench)no
Greg KnightEast YorkshireCon (front bench)no
Eleanor LaingEpping ForestCon (front bench)no
Mohammad SarwarGlasgow CentralLab (minister)aye
Peter ViggersGosportCon (front bench)no
Derek TwiggHaltonLab (minister)aye
Douglas CarswellHarwichCon (front bench)no
James ClappisonHertsmereCon (front bench)no
Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Danny AlexanderInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyLDemaye
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)aye
Ben WallaceLancaster and WyreCon (front bench)no
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
Norman BakerLewesLDem (front bench)aye
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Andy ReedLoughboroughLab (minister)aye
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLab (minister)aye
Annette BrookeMid Dorset and North PooleLDem (front bench)aye
Nicholas SoamesMid SussexCon (front bench)no
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLab (minister)aye
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNP (front bench)aye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)no
Bernard JenkinNorth EssexCon (front bench)no
Simon HughesNorth Southwark and BermondseyLDem (front bench)aye
Shailesh VaraNorth West CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)no
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLab (minister)aye
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLab (minister)aye
Mike HancockPortsmouth SouthLDem (front bench)aye
Paul RowenRochdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Thomas McAvoyRutherglen and Hamilton WestLab (minister)aye
Robert KeySalisburyCon (front bench)no
David CurrySkipton and RiponCon (front bench)no
Lorely BurtSolihullLDem (front bench)aye
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLab (minister)aye
James PaiceSouth East CambridgeshireCon (front bench)no
Tim YeoSouth SuffolkCon (front bench)no
David GaukeSouth West HertfordshireCon (front bench)no
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDem (front bench)aye
George OsborneTattonCon (front bench)no
Richard Younger-RossTeignbridgeLDem (front bench)aye
Sadiq KhanTootingLab (minister)aye
Anthony SteenTotnesCon (front bench)no
Greg ClarkTunbridge WellsCon (front bench)no
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkCon (front bench)no
Denis MurphyWansbeckLab (minister)aye
Grant ShappsWelwyn HatfieldCon (front bench)no
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
Andrew MurrisonWestburyCon (front bench)no
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Tony CunninghamWorkingtonLab (minister)aye

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