Crime and Courts Bill — New Clause 21A — Press Regulation — Exemplary Damages — 18 Mar 2013 at 22:21
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted to prevent the courts awarding exemplary damages against relevant publishers who are members of an effective approved press regulator; incentivising participation in the regulatory regime.
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.
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.
-  New Clause 21A titled: Awards of exemplary damages, Official Record, House of Commons 18 March 2013
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||255 (+1 tell)||12 (+2 tell)||1||88.9%|
|LDem||48 (+1 tell)||0||0||86.0%|
|Richard Bacon||South Norfolk||Con (front bench)||no|
|Christopher Chope||Christchurch||Con (front bench)||no|
|Tracey Crouch||Chatham and Aylesford||Con (front bench)||no|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||no|
|Nick de Bois||Enfield North||Con (front bench)||no|
|Richard Drax||South Dorset||Con (front bench)||tellno|
|Andrew Percy||Brigg and Goole||Con (front bench)||no|
|Mark Reckless||Rochester and Strood||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jacob Rees-Mogg||North East Somerset||Con (front bench)||tellno|
|Andrew Turner||Isle of Wight||Con (front bench)||no|
|Martin Vickers||Cleethorpes||Con (front bench)||no|
|Charles Walker||Broxbourne||Con (front bench)||no|
|Sarah Wollaston||Totnes||Con (front bench)||no|
|Nigel Mills||Amber Valley||Con (front bench)||both|