Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — New Clause 18 — Criminal Penalty for Breach of Personal Injury of Death Damages Claim Referral Fee Ban — 1 Nov 2011 at 19:30
George Osborne MP, Tatton did not vote.
The majority of MPs voted against introducing a criminal penalty for charging for a referral relating to legal services in connection with a claim or potential claim damages for personal injury or death.
MPs were considering the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment proposed to new clause 18: (e), line 16, at end insert—
- ‘(2A) A breach of the provisions of this section shall be an offence, punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or on indictment for a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years, or a fine, or both.’.
New clause 18 was titled Rules against referral fees and provided for a ban on referral fees relating to legal services in connection with a claim or potential claim damages for personal injury or death. The amendment proposes a criminal penalty for breaching the ban.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (now an Act)
-  Amendment sheet page including proposed New Clause 18
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||247 (+2 tell)||0||0||81.4%|
|Lab||0||202 (+2 tell)||0||79.1%|