Psychoactive Substances Bill — New Clause 2 — Closure of Premises Prior to a Court Decision — 20 Jan 2016 at 16:30
John Baron MP, Basildon and Billericay voted against allowing law enforcement officers or local councils to close down premises while awaiting a court's decision if there is suspicion of activities related to banned psychoactive substances.
The majority of MPs voted against allowing a local council or a senior police, customs or National Crime Agency officer to order a premises to cease trading while awaiting a court's decision where there is suspicion of activities related to the production, supply, import or export of a psychoactive substance.
MPs were considering the Psychoactive Substances Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote began:
- "(1) A senior officer or a local authority may issue a notice requiring a premises to cease trading if conditions A, B and C are met.
- (2) Condition A is that the premises has been issued a premises notice under section 13 of this Act.
- (3) Condition B is that in the view of the senior officer or a local authority that issued the premises notice, the terms of that notice are not being complied with.
- (4) Condition C is that the senior officer or local authority has made an application to an appropriate court for a premises order under section 19 of this Act.
An explanatory note accompanying the rejected new clause stated:
- This new clause’s intention is to allow a senior officer or local authority to compel a premises to stop trading while it applies [to a court] for a premises order.
The premises orders referred to relate to the prohibition of production, supply, import or export of a psychoactive substance that is likely to be consumed by individuals for its psychoactive effects or assisting such activities. These are detailed in the sections of the Bill, from section 11, titled "Powers for dealing with prohibited activities".
-  Parliament's webpage on the Psychoactive Substances Bill (now an Act)
-  Section 11 of the Psychoactive Substances Bill as at the time of the vote
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||300 (+2 tell)||0||0||91.5%|
|Lab||0||178 (+2 tell)||0||77.6%|