Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill — Clause 1 — Age of Consent for Homosexual Acts — 10 Feb 1999
The majority of MPs voted to reduce the age of consent for homosexual acts from eighteen to sixteen bringing equality to the the law affecting heterosexual and homosexual acts.
The majority of MPs voted to reduce the age at which buggery, indecency between men, and homosexual acts in private is legal from 18 to 16.
MPs were considering the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill
The motion supported by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote was:
- That the clause stand part of the Bill
The clause in question was Clause 1 titled: Reduction in age at which certain sexual acts are lawful.
("Buggery" is the legal term for anal intercourse either between men or between a man and a woman.) The clause also sought to reduce the age at which other homosexual acts were permitted from 18 to 16.
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||12||104 (+2 tell)||0||72.8%|
|Lab||283 (+2 tell)||12||0||71.2%|
|Tim Boswell||Daventry||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con||aye|
|Graham Brady||Altrincham and Sale West||Con||aye|
|Alan Duncan||Rutland and Melton||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Bernard Jenkin||North Essex||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Eleanor Laing||Epping Forest||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Sir Peter Lloyd||Fareham||Con||aye|
|Mr David Prior||North Norfolk||Con||aye|
|Shaun Woodward||Witney||whilst Con (front bench)||aye|
|Mr Donald Anderson||Swansea East||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mr Jamie Cann||Ipswich||Lab||no|
|Mr Eric Clarke||Midlothian||Lab||no|
|Tom Clarke||Coatbridge and Chryston||Lab||no|
|Mr Tam Dalyell||Linlithgow||Lab||no|
|Mr Denzil Davies||Llanelli||Lab||no|
|David Marshall||Glasgow Shettleston||Lab||no|
|Mr Bill O'Brien||Normanton||Lab||no|
|Mr Raymond Powell||Ogmore||Lab||no|
|Mr Ted Rowlands||Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mr Jimmy Wray||Glasgow Baillieston||Lab||no|
|Mrs Ray Michie||Argyll and Bute||LDem||no|
|Bob Russell||Colchester||LDem (front bench)||no|