Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 1 — Referendum on the Alternative Vote System — Threshold on Making Result Binding — 16 Feb 2011 at 20:14
William Hague MP, Richmond (Yorks) voted to reject imposing a threshold for acting on the result of the referendum on using the AV system for electing MPs but to amend the proposals for such a threshold to ensure if one was imposed and not reached the AV provisions would be repealed.
The majority of MPs voted to reject imposing a threshold for acting on the result of the referendum on using the AV system for electing MPs but to amend the proposals for such a threshold to ensure if one was imposed and not reached the AV provisions would be repealed.
MPs were considering the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. The Bill provided for the subsequent General Election to be held under the Alternative Vote system, provided this was endorsed in a referendum.
The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this that this House insists on its disagreement with the Lords in their amendments 1 and 8, but proposes amendment (a) in lieu.
Lords amendment 1 stated:
- Page 1, line 5, at end insert—
- “(1A) If less than 40% of the electorate vote in the referendum, the result shall not be binding.”
amendment 8 defined "electorate", "turnout" and "vote" for the purpose of calculating if the threshold has been reached.
Amendment (a) in lieu stated:
- Page 6, line 2, at end insert
- ‘(A1) If the turnout in the referendum does not reach the threshold set out in section 1(1A) above, the Minister must make an order repealing the alternative vote provisions.
- (1) Subject to subsection (A1) above,’.
-  Parliament's website on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (now an Act)
-  Lords amendments to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
-  Amendment paper containing amendment (a) in lieu
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||246 (+2 tell)||18||0||86.9%|
|Lab||0||209 (+2 tell)||0||82.1%|
|Brian Binley||Northampton South||Con||no|
|Graham Brady||Altrincham and Sale West||Con||no|
|Geoffrey Cox||Torridge and West Devon||Con||no|
|David Davis||Haltemprice and Howden||Con||no|
|Richard Drax||South Dorset||Con||no|
|Bernard Jenkin||Harwich and North Essex||Con||no|
|Julian Lewis||New Forest East||Con||no|
|Anne Main||St Albans||Con||no|
|David Nuttall||Bury North||Con||no|
|Andrew Percy||Brigg and Goole||Con||no|
|Peter Tapsell||Louth and Horncastle||Con||no|