House of Lords Bill — Decline to give a Second Reading — rejected — 2 Feb 1999
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset did not vote.
The majority No voters rejected an amendment to the House of Lords Bill that would have declined to give it a Second Reading. A Second Reading allows a Bill to move onto the Committee Stage. However, the amendment was defeated.
The main intention of the House of Lords Bill was to abolish the hereditary peers who sit within the Lords. Dr Liam Fox's amendment is as follows:
- This House declines to give a Second Reading to the House of Lords Bill
- as it fails to address the role of the Second Chamber, its relationship to this House and its long term composition,
- hence, rather than improving the governance of the United Kingdom by establishing a sustainable, balanced and effective constitution, it merely adds to the incoherence of Her Majesty's Government's piecemeal constitutional changes.
-  Dr Liam Fox, 2 February 1999, House of Commons
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||134 (+2 tell)||0||84.0%|
|Lab||341 (+2 tell)||0||0||82.3%|