Print Acts of Parliament on Paper instead of Vellum — rejected — 1 Nov 1999

The majority of MPs voted against discontinuing the practice of printing all Public Acts of Parliament in duplicate on vellum (calf hide).

This went against a vote in the House of Lords[1] as well as the recommendations of a Select Committee.[2]

The campaign to retain the tradition of continuing to print Acts of Parliament on animal skin was led by Brian White in whose constituency the vellum manufacturer was based.[3] (He assured the House that it was calf-skin, not goat skin.)[4]

The current cost of printing Acts on vellum is approximately £32 per page.[5]

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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con27 3018.6%
Lab91 (+2 tell) 38 (+2 tell)032.0%
LDem3 12032.6%
Total:121 53028.6%

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

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Sir John MorrisAberavonLabaye
Mr Barry JonesAlyn and DeesideLabaye
Mr Paul BoatengBrent SouthLab (minister)aye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLabtellaye
David ChaytorBury NorthLabaye
Mr George FoulkesCarrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Tony WorthingtonClydebank and MilngavieLabaye
Bob AinsworthCoventry North EastLab (minister)aye
Margaret BeckettDerby SouthLab (minister)aye
Mrs Ann TaylorDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Jim MurphyEast RenfrewshireLabaye
Dr Lynda ClarkEdinburgh PentlandsLab (minister)aye
Andrew MillerEllesmere Port and NestonLabtellaye
Mohammad SarwarGlasgow GovanLabaye
Thomas McAvoyGlasgow RutherglenLab (minister)aye
Mr Ivor CaplinHoveLabaye
Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLabaye
Jim DowdLewisham WestLab (minister)aye
Jane KennedyLiverpool, WavertreeLab (minister)aye
Mr Denzil DaviesLlanelliLabaye
Robert WalterNorth DorsetCon (front bench)aye
Mr Giles RadiceNorth DurhamLab (minister)aye
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireCon (front bench)aye
George YoungNorth West HampshireCon (front bench)aye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLab (minister)aye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDemno
Mr Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Mr Lawrie QuinnScarborough and WhitbyLabaye
Elliot MorleyScunthorpeLab (minister)aye
Mr Richard AllanSheffield, HallamLDem (front bench)no
Mrs Helen JacksonSheffield, HillsboroughLabaye
Paddy TippingSherwoodLab (minister)aye
Mr Paul MarsdenShrewsbury and AtchamLabaye
Mr Gerry BerminghamSt Helens SouthLabaye
Mr George StevensonStoke-on-Trent SouthLabaye
Keith HillStreathamLab (minister)aye
Beverley HughesStretford and UrmstonLab (minister)aye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLab (minister)aye
Adrian SandersTorbayLDem (front bench)no
Mr Keith DarvillUpminsterLabaye
Chris RuaneVale of ClwydLab (minister)aye
Ken PurchaseWolverhampton North EastLabaye
Mr David LockWyre ForestLab (minister)aye

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