Digital Economy Bill — New Clause 27 — Introduction of Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme as Alternative to Universal Service Order Provision — 28 Nov 2016 at 18:47
George Osborne MP, Tatton did not vote.
The majority of MPs voted against offering an option of a grant to purchase an alternative broadband connection to that offered by a universal service provider.
MPs were considering the Digital Economy Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Introduction of broadband connection voucher scheme as alternative to universal service order provision and stated:
- “The Secretary of State shall introduce a broadband connection voucher scheme to allow an end-user to access broadband other than that supplied by the provider of the universal service order, under Part 2 of the Communications Act 2003.”
The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:
- Although most individuals are likely to choose the standard universal service order offering, this new clause would provide individuals with the option of a voucher scheme that empowers them to take up an alternative solution.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Digital Economy Bill
-  Last chance for businesses in Edinburgh to get a subsidised broadband installation – apply now!, Government website, 17 September 2013
-  Small businesses given big boost through Government broadband scheme, Government website, 16 November 2015
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||277 (+2 tell)||0||0||85.1%|
|SNP||0||37 (+2 tell)||0||72.2%|