Seek Real Terms Cut in European Union Budget — 31 Oct 2012 at 19:00

The majority of MPs voted to call on the UK Government to seek a real terms cut in the European Union budget.

MPs were debating a motion on the UK contribution to the European Union budget. Under discussion was the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which is the budget framework for the European Union agreed every seven years.

MP Mark Reckless proposed ammending the motion[1] which originally called on the Government to seek:

"significant savings to the Commission’s seven year framework" and stated "payment appropriations should increase, at most, by no more than inflation over the next financial perspectives"

by replacing this, and other text, with calling on the Government to

"strengthen its stance so that the next MFF is reduced in real terms"

The full motion, as amended as a result of this vote, reads:

  • That this House
  • takes note of European Union Documents No. 16844/11, No. 16845/11, No. 16846/11, No. 16847/11, No. 16848/11, No. 6708/12 and Addenda 1–3, No. 9007/12, No. 12356/12, and No. 13620/12, relating to the Commission’s proposal on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), 2014–2020;
  • agrees with the Government that at a time of ongoing economic fragility in Europe and tight constraints on domestic public spending, the Commission’s proposal for substantial spending increases compared with current spend is unacceptable, unrealistic, too large and incompatible with the tough decisions being taken in the UK and in countries across Europe to bring deficits under control;
  • so calls on the Government to strengthen its stance so that the next MFF is reduced in real terms.

Explaining his amendment Mr Reckless said[2]:

  • We simply cannot afford to agree an inflationary increase to the EU. This country has 13% less income than it had just five years ago, and we are seeing 20% reductions to domestic spending. According to the House of Commons Library, if an inflationary increase is agreed, next year it will amount to £290 million, every penny of which we will have to borrow. Hon. Members will have spoken to constituents on different issues, and police officers have been to my surgery. They understand that their pay is frozen, although they are less happy about changes to their pay and conditions and about not getting their increments, but they do not understand why other elements of the budget, particularly the EU, should be guaranteed inflationary increases, let alone inflationary increases all the way through to 2020.

The original motion text and the text of the amendment are also present in Hansard.

Debate in Parliament | Source |

Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con51 (+2 tell) 236 (+1 tell)095.1%
DUP5 0062.5%
Green1 00100.0%
Lab244 0096.4%
LDem0 55 (+1 tell)098.2%
PC0 2066.7%
SNP6 00100.0%
Total:307 294095.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Steven BakerWycombeConaye
John BaronBasildon and BillericayConaye
Andrew BinghamHigh PeakConaye
Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthConaye
Peter BoneWellingboroughContellaye
Andrew BridgenNorth West LeicestershireConaye
Aidan BurleyCannock ChaseConaye
Conor BurnsBournemouth WestConaye
Douglas CarswellClactonConaye
William CashStoneConaye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchConaye
James ClappisonHertsmereConaye
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordConaye
Philip DaviesShipleyConaye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConaye
Nick de BoisEnfield NorthConaye
Nadine DorriesMid BedfordshireConaye
Richard DraxSouth DorsetConaye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkConaye
James GrayNorth WiltshireConaye
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryConaye
Gordon HendersonSittingbourne and SheppeyConaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringContellaye
Adam HollowayGraveshamConaye
Stewart JacksonPeterboroughConaye
Bernard JenkinHarwich and North EssexConaye
Chris KellyDudley SouthConaye
Edward LeighGainsboroughConaye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastConaye
Jack LoprestiFilton and Bradley StokeConaye
Anne MainSt AlbansConaye
Karl McCartneyLincolnConaye
Stephen McPartlandStevenageConaye
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyConaye
David NuttallBury NorthConaye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Mark PritchardThe WrekinConaye
Mark RecklessRochester and StroodConaye
John RedwoodWokinghamConaye
Simon ReevellDewsburyConaye
Laurence RobertsonTewkesburyConaye
Andrew RosindellRomfordConaye
David RuffleyBury St EdmundsConaye
Richard ShepherdAldridge-BrownhillsConaye
Henry SmithCrawleyConaye
Bob StewartBeckenhamConaye
Peter TapsellLouth and HorncastleConaye
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightConaye
Martin VickersCleethorpesConaye
James WhartonStockton SouthConaye
Heather WheelerSouth DerbyshireConaye
John WhittingdaleMaldonConaye
Sarah WollastonTotnesConaye

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