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[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.

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Party Summary

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con12 104 (+2 tell)072.8%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab283 (+2 tell) 12071.2%
LDem31 2071.7%
PC3 0075.0%
SNP1 0016.7%
UUP0 7070.0%
Total:330 126071.2%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestConaye
Mrs Ray MichieArgyll and ButeLDemno
Joe BentonBootleLabno
Tom ClarkeCoatbridge and ChrystonLabno
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)no
Tim BoswellDaventryCon (front bench)aye
Eleanor LaingEpping ForestCon (front bench)aye
Sir Peter LloydFarehamConaye
Mr Jimmy WrayGlasgow BailliestonLabno
David MarshallGlasgow ShettlestonLabno
Mr Jamie CannIpswichLabno
Michael FabricantLichfieldConaye
Mr Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabno
Mr Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabno
Mr Ted RowlandsMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)no
Mr Eric ClarkeMidlothianLabno
Mr Bill O'BrienNormantonLabno
Bernard JenkinNorth EssexCon (front bench)aye
Mr David PriorNorth NorfolkConaye
Mr Raymond PowellOgmoreLabno
Alan DuncanRutland and MeltonCon (front bench)aye
Robert KeySalisburyConaye
Mr Donald AndersonSwansea EastLab (minister)no
Robert JacksonWantageConaye
Shaun WoodwardWitneywhilst Con (front bench)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestConaye

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