Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 6 — Date of Repeal — Sunset Clause — 15 Jul 2014 at 20:15

Charles Walker MP, Broxbourne voted for the provisions of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill to only remain in force until the end of 2014, rather than until the end of 2016.

The majority of MPs voted against the provisions of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill only remaining in force until the end of 2014, rather than until the end of 2016.

MPs were considering the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill[1]. The amendment rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • Amendment 2, page 7, line 2, leave out “2016” and insert “2014”

Had it not been rejected this would have affected Clause 6 of the Bill[2] which at the time of the vote stated:

  • Sections 1 to 5 (and the provisions inserted into the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by sections 3 to 5) are repealed on 31 December 2016.

This so called, sunset clause, would result in the provisions of the Bill ceasing to have effect as of the date given.

In brief the effect of the provisions of Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill were:

  • To enable the Secretary of State to require the mass retention of information about, but not the content of, communications; as well to introduce arrangements to control access to such information once retained.
  • To require those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services, such as webmail, may be required enact such intercepts.
  • To limit the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security.

The effect of the provisions of the Bill are described in detail on the page describing the vote on the Bill's second reading

The Home Secretary explained the choice of date for the sunset clause contained within the Bill[3] saying:

  • The final clause contains the sunset provision, which means that the legislation will expire at the end of 2016. I recognise that a number of Members have suggested that this sunset clause should be at an earlier stage. I say to them that the reason it has been put at the end of 2016 is that we will have a review by David Anderson which will report before the general election. It is the intention that a Joint Committee of Parliament will look at his work and that of the Intelligence and Security Committee. It will then be necessary to put the required legislation in place. If anyone stops to think about that timetable, it is clear that it could not be completed by the end of this year.

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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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con224 (+1 tell) 15078.7%
DUP5 0062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab186 25 (+2 tell)082.6%
LDem39 (+1 tell) 2075.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 60100.0%
Total:454 56080.2%

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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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Steven BakerWycombeCon (front bench)aye
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)aye
David DavisHaltemprice and HowdenConaye
Nick de BoisEnfield NorthCon (front bench)aye
Nadine DorriesMid BedfordshireCon (front bench)aye
Richard DraxSouth DorsetCon (front bench)aye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkCon (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)aye
Dominic RaabEsher and WaltonCon (front bench)aye
Mark RecklessRochester and StroodCon (front bench)aye
Andrew TurnerIsle of WightCon (front bench)aye
Charles WalkerBroxbourneCon (front bench)aye
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Katy ClarkNorth Ayrshire and ArranLab (minister)aye
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLab (minister)aye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLab (minister)tellaye
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLabaye
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabaye
Rob FlelloStoke-on-Trent SouthLab (minister)aye
Hywel FrancisAberavonLab (minister)aye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Hall GreenLabaye
Dai HavardMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)aye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)aye
Eric JoyceFalkirkLabaye
Ian LaveryWansbeckLab (minister)aye
Mark LazarowiczEdinburgh North and LeithLab (minister)aye
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLab (minister)tellaye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabaye
Grahame MorrisEasingtonLab (minister)aye
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
Teresa PearceErith and ThamesmeadLab (minister)aye
Steve RotheramLiverpool, WaltonLab (minister)aye
Jim SheridanPaisley and Renfrewshire NorthLab (minister)aye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Tom WatsonWest Bromwich EastLabaye
Chris WilliamsonDerby NorthLab (minister)aye
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)aye
John HemmingBirmingham, YardleyLDem (front bench)aye
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)aye

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