European Union Bill — Inconsequential wording change : supporting to permitting — 8 Jun 2011 at 18:25
The majority of members of the House of Lords voted to make an inconsequential change to the wording of the European Union Bill.
The majority of Contents agreed to make the following amendment to Clause 1 of the European Union Bill:
‘leave out out "supporting" and insert "permitting"’ from this text:
'A reference to a Minister of the Crown voting in favour of or otherwise supporting a decision is a reference to a Minister of the Crown voting in favour of or otherwise supporting the decision in the European Council or the Council.'
Clause 1 offers explanatory notes that aid the understanding and intended meaning of terms used in Part 1 of the bill.
The debate reveals the amendment was proposed "in a purely formal way", in an effort to seek reassurances, so apparently was not intended to be, and doesn't appear to be, substantive.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union Bill (now an Act)
-  European Union Bill – including Clause 1
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
|Party||Majority (Content)||Minority (Not-Content)||Turnout|
|Con||5||143 (+1 tell)||67.1%|
|Crossbench||47 (+1 tell)||7||29.3%|
|Lab||153 (+1 tell)||0||62.9%|
|LDem||6||59 (+1 tell)||69.5%|
|Lord Forsyth of Drumlean||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Howe of Aberavon||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Swinfen||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Tugendhat||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Bew||Crossbench (front bench)||no|
|Lord Eames||Crossbench (front bench)||no|
|Lord Carlile of Berriew||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Dykes||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Goodhart||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Maclennan of Rogart||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank||LDem (front bench)||aye|