Deregulation Bill — Clause 1 — Health and Safety Law Exemption for Self Employed People — 14 May 2014 at 16:45

Anna Soubry MP, Broxtowe voted to exempt self-employed people from health and safety law.

The majority of MPs voted to exempt self-employed people from health and safety law; though not to remove their duties towards any employees. The majority of MPs were also voting in favour of giving the Health and Safety Executive power to make regulations that prescribe undertakings for railway safety purposes.

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment proposed: 72, page 1, line 1, leave out Clause 1.

One effect of the clause was to amend clause 3(2) of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 from:

  • (2)It shall be the duty of every self-employed person to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.

to

  • (2)It shall be the duty of every self-employed person who conducts an undertaking of a prescribed description to conduct the undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.

"Prescribed" is defined by Section 53 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 as meaning prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

At the time of the vote Regulation 3 of the The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 set out the requirements for self employed people to carry out risk assessments.

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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con245 (+1 tell) 0080.9%
DUP0 2025.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 215 (+2 tell)084.1%
LDem38 (+1 tell) 1071.4%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 4066.7%
Total:283 227080.4%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
John HemmingBirmingham, YardleyLDem (front bench)aye

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