Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 8 — Review Welsh Parliamentry Constituancies With Respect to Further Devoloution — 20 Oct 2010 at 15:45
George Freeman MP, Mid Norfolk voted against reviewing the number and size of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales within a year of deciding to go ahead with a referendum in Wales on additional devolution to the Welsh Assembly.
The majority of MPs voted against requiring a Boundary Commission report within a year of agreeing a referendum on the devolution of more powers to the Welsh Assembly. The purpose would be to report on how additional devolution ought effect, if at all, the size and number of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales.
The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill contains provisions stating when periodic reports by the Boundary Commission on Parliamentary Constituency boundaries must be produced.
The Bill, as introduced, stated:
- A Boundary Commission shall submit reports under subsection (1) above periodically—
- (a) before 1st October 2013, and
- (b) before 1st October of every fifth year after that.”
Labour MP Chris Bryant moved an amendment proposing replacing "before 1st October 2013" with:
- '(a) within twelve months of Part 2 of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2010 coming into force in accordance with section 16(2) thereof'.-
Clause 16(2) was to be added via a further amendment, it was to state:
- "after the referendum on the determination of powers devolved to the National Assembly for Wales under the terms of the Government of Wales Act 2006".
During the debate Mr Bryant noted:
- following the Scotland Act 1998, it was agreed that because a variety of powers would be given to the Scottish Parliament, it was right and proper for the number of seats that Scotland accounted for in the Westminster Parliament to be reduced.
It appears Mr Bryant's amendment was seeking to prompt a review of the number of Welsh MPs following any further devolution of powers to Wales.
-  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced
-  Section of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill as introduced containing p.6 line 32, the location of the relevant section
-  Chris Bryant MP, House of Commons, 20th October 2010
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||271 (+1 tell)||0||0||88.9%|
|Lab||0||221 (+2 tell)||0||86.4%|
|LDem||49 (+1 tell)||0||0||87.7%|