Crime and Courts Bill — New Clause 21A — Press Regulation — Exemplary Damages — 18 Mar 2013 at 22:21

The majority of MPs voted to prevent the courts awarding exemplary damages against relevant publishers who are members of an effective approved press regulator; giving an incentive to encourage publishers to participate in the Government's proposed press regulation scheme.

The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That the clause be read a Second time.

The clause in question was New Clause 21A titled: Awards of exemplary damages[1].

The clause prevents courts awarding exemplary damages if the defendant is a member of an approved press regulator and that regulator has not imposed a penalty on the defendant in respect of the defendant’s conduct or decided not to do so. The exclusion from exemplary damages is subject to the court not deeming the regulator to have acted improperly.

The new clause introduced an incentive for relevant publishers to be part of a new press self-regulatory body.

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
Con255 (+1 tell) 12 (+2 tell)188.9%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab210 0081.4%
LDem48 (+1 tell) 0086.0%
PC3 00100.0%
SDLP2 0066.7%
SNP3 0050.0%
Total:529 12185.0%

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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Richard BaconSouth NorfolkCon (front bench)no
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)no
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordCon (front bench)no
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
Nick de BoisEnfield NorthCon (front bench)no
Richard DraxSouth DorsetCon (front bench)tellno
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)no
Mark RecklessRochester and StroodCon (front bench)no
John RedwoodWokinghamConno
Jacob Rees-MoggNorth East SomersetCon (front bench)tellno
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightCon (front bench)no
Martin VickersCleethorpesCon (front bench)no
Charles WalkerBroxbourneCon (front bench)no
Sarah WollastonTotnesCon (front bench)no
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyCon (front bench)both

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