Business of the House — Size of the Backbench Business Committee — 15 Jun 2010 at 21:03
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against giving the Backbench Business Committee fifteen members plus the chair rather than the seven plus the chair originally proposed.
The majority of MPs voted against making the Backbench Business Committee larger than the Government had proposed.
The amendment, which was rejected in this vote, proposed making it so the committee would comprise a chair and fifteen members of whom eight would comprise a quorum. The original motion stated:
- "The committee shall consist of a chair and seven other Members, of whom four shall be a quorum."
The purpose of the Backbench Business Committee is "to determine the backbench business to be taken in the House and in Westminster Hall on days, or parts of days, allotted for backbench business."
During the debate SNP MP Pete Wishart explained why he was seeking to make the committee larger - he said it would make it more likely to contain representation from the minority parties.
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||254 (+2 tell)||6||0||85.6%|
|PC||0||1 (+1 tell)||0||66.7%|
|SNP||0||5 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|