Serious Crime Bill — Clause 70 — Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders — Threshold — 23 Feb 2015 at 21:00
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted for a higher threshold at which courts would be able to make female genital mutilation protection orders.
The majority of MPs voted to allow a protection order be made to protect a girl "against the commission of a genital mutilation offence" rather than "against a risk of commission of a genital mutilation offence".
The wording "a risk of" would have provided for a lower threshold at which the courts would have been able to make such an order.
MPs were considering the Serious Crime Bill.
The amendment rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- page 63, line 27, leave out "the" and insert "a risk of"
Clause 70(1) of the Bill to which would have been affected by the amendment stated:
- 70 (1) (1) The court in England and Wales may make an order (an “FGM protection order”) for the purposes of—
- (a) protecting a girl against the commission of a genital mutilation offence, or
- (b) protecting a girl against whom any such offence has been committed.
The impact of the proposed amendment was discussed during the debate.
-  Clause 70 of the Bill to which the amendment relates
-  Official Record, House of Commons, 23 February 2015
-  Parliament's webpage on the Serious Crime Bill
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||244 (+1 tell)||10 (+2 tell)||0||84.8%|
|LDem||38 (+1 tell)||2||0||73.2%|
|Steven Baker||Wycombe||Con (front bench)||tellaye|
|Peter Bone||Wellingborough||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew Bridgen||North West Leicestershire||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Bill Cash||Stone||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Roger Gale||North Thanet||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Zac Goldsmith||Richmond Park||Con (front bench)||tellaye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Bernard Jenkin||Harwich and North Essex||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Chris Kelly||Dudley South||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Pauline Latham||Mid Derbyshire||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Tessa Munt||Wells||LDem (front bench)||aye|