Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill — Fertility treatment requires male role model — rejected — 20 May 2008 at 18:30

The majority of MPs voted against requiring a father or male role model to be part of what the law interprets as "supporting parenting" for a child who is born as a result of fertility treatment.

The current text in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 says:[1]

  • A woman shall not be provided with treatment services unless account has been taken of the welfare of any child who may be born as a result of the treatment (including the need of that child for a father), and of any other child who may be affected by the birth.

The new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill under discussion will substitute "a father" for "supportive parenting".[2]

The vote, which was lost, would have instead changed "a father" to "supportive parenting and a father or male role model".[3]

A previous vote to change "a father" to "a father and a mother" instead of "supportive parenting" was also lost.[4]

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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
Con13 143 (+1 tell)081.8%
DUP0 6066.7%
Independent2 2080.0%
Independent Labour0 10100.0%
Lab233 (+2 tell) 51 (+1 tell)081.8%
LDem36 13077.8%
PC1 1066.7%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP5 10100.0%
UUP0 10100.0%
Total:290 222081.4%

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
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDem (front bench)aye
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsCon (front bench)no
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye
Patrick HallBedfordLab (minister)aye
John BaronBillericayCon (front bench)no
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Ruth KellyBolton WestLab (minister)aye
Joe BentonBootleLab (minister)aye
David TredinnickBosworthConno
Marsha SinghBradford WestLab (minister)aye
John BercowBuckinghamwhilst Con (front bench)no
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDem (front bench)aye
Jennifer WillottCardiff CentralLDem (front bench)aye
Stephen DorrellCharnwoodCon (front bench)no
Mark HunterCheadleLDem (front bench)aye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew TyrieChichesterCon (front bench)no
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLab (minister)aye
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)aye
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLab (minister)aye
Jim McGovernDundee WestLab (minister)aye
Ian StewartEcclesLab (minister)aye
Eleanor LaingEpping ForestCon (front bench)no
Tom HarrisGlasgow SouthLab (minister)aye
Quentin DaviesGrantham and Stamfordwhilst Lab (front bench)aye
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLab (minister)aye
Derek TwiggHaltonLab (minister)aye
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLab (minister)aye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDem (front bench)aye
Francis MaudeHorshamCon (front bench)no
Danny AlexanderInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyLDemaye
Don TouhigIslwynLab (minister)aye
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
John BattleLeeds WestLab (minister)aye
Keith VazLeicester EastLab (minister)aye
Andy BurnhamLeighLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Andy ReedLoughboroughLab (minister)aye
Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)aye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Ashok KumarMiddlesbrough South and East ClevelandLab (minister)aye
David HamiltonMidlothianLab (minister)aye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLab (minister)aye
Frank RoyMotherwell and WishawLab (minister)aye
Angus MacNeilNa h-Eileanan an IarSNP (front bench)aye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLab (minister)tellaye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDem (front bench)aye
Huw Irranca-DaviesOgmoreLab (minister)aye
Paul TruswellPudseyLabaye
Justine GreeningPutneyCon (front bench)no
Paul RowenRochdaleLDem (front bench)aye
Thomas McAvoyRutherglen and Hamilton WestLab (minister)aye
John GroganSelbyLab (minister)aye
David BlunkettSheffield, BrightsideLabaye
Paddy TippingSherwoodLab (minister)aye
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDem (front bench)aye
Anne SnelgroveSouth SwindonLab (minister)aye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDem (front bench)aye
George OsborneTattonCon (front bench)no
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLab (minister)aye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLab (minister)aye
Matthew TaylorTruro and St AustellLDemaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Ed VaizeyWantageCon (front bench)no
John SpellarWarleyLabaye
Claire WardWatfordLab (minister)aye
Oliver LetwinWest DorsetCon (front bench)no
John McFallWest DunbartonshireLab (minister)aye
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareCon (front bench)no
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLab (minister)aye
Tony CunninghamWorkingtonLab (minister)aye
Paul GogginsWythenshawe and Sale EastLab (minister)aye

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