Civil Procedure Rules — Closed Material Proceedings — 17 Jul 2013 at 23:00
The majority of MPs voted in favour of rules implementing the introduction of "closed material proceedings" to courts; the procedure involves making material deemed national security-sensitive available to the court and a special advocate but not parties to the case.
The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That the Civil Procedure (Amendment No.5) Rules 2013 (S.I., 2013, No. 1571), dated 26 June 2013, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 June, be approved.
The rules approved relate to the use of "closed material proceedings" which allow relevant national security-sensitive material held by a party to court proceedings to be taken into account through its disclosure to both the court and a special advocate representing the other party or parties' interests as they are not themselves permitted to see the material.
During proceedings of the committee which considered the proposed rules Minister James Brokenshire stated:
- It is worth reiterating at the outset that CMPs [closed material proceedings] will be available only in civil proceedings—in cases when someone is suing or challenging the actions or decisions of the Government. They will not be available for inquests or criminal trials, and they will not allow a person to be found guilty of a crime without knowing the evidence against them.
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|John Hemming||Birmingham, Yardley||LDem (front bench)||no|
|Julian Huppert||Cambridge||LDem (front bench)||no|
|Sarah Teather||Brent Central||LDem||no|