Crime and Courts Bill — Schedule 13 — Diversity of Judicial appointments — 13 Mar 2013 at 18:30
John Baron MP, Basildon and Billericay voted against requiring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the diversity of those appointed to judicial office be reflective of the community.
The majority of MPs voted to require the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that those appointed to judicial office are reflective of the community and to ensure shortlists for consideration by the Judicial Appointments Commission include a range of persons reflective of the community.
MPs were considering the Crime and Courts Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment proposed: 100, page 224, line 42, at end insert
- ‘Each of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice must at all times engage in a programme of action which is designed—
- (a) to secure, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, that appointments to listed judicial offices are such that those holding such offices are reflective of the community in England and Wales;
- (b) to require the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, to secure that a range of persons reflective of the community in England and Wales is available for consideration by the Judicial Appointments Commission whenever it is required to select a person to be appointed, or recommended for appointment, to a listed judicial office.’
The clause in Schedule 13 part 2 to which the above would have been added had the amendment not been rejected stated:
- In Part 6 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (other provisions relating to the judiciary) after section 137 insert— “137A Encouragement of diversity
- Each of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales must take such steps as that office-holder considers appropriate for the purpose of encouraging judicial diversity.”
Had the amendment not been rejected the above text would have been added to Schedule 13 of the Bill
-  Parliament's webpage on the Crime and Courts Bill (now an Act)
-  Schedule 13 Part 2 (Diversity) of the Crime and Courts Bill as at the time of the vote
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||233 (+1 tell)||0||0||76.7%|
|Lab||0||207 (+2 tell)||0||81.0%|
|LDem||38 (+1 tell)||0||0||68.4%|
|Sammy Wilson||East Antrim||DUP (front bench)||no|