Fire Services Bill — 8 May 2003 at 17:43

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

It is with some reluctance that I find myself here today. This is a Bill that I would have preferred not to introduce, but after 12 months of negotiations and three separate pay offers, the fire dispute has reached deadlock. Legislation is therefore necessary in the public interest and to protect public safety. Reform of the public services is one of this Government's key priorities. In recent months, we have pressed ahead with the modernisation of the fire service, the repeal of section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947, the introduction of a new system of fire cover based on actual risk, and a new White Paper that will be published shortly.

Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second Time:-

The House divided: Ayes 284, Noes 59.

Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

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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
Con0 000.0%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab283 (+2 tell) 27076.1%
LDem0 27 (+2 tell)054.7%
PC0 40100.0%
UUP0 1016.7%
Total:284 59054.5%

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

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabno
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabno
Mr Llew SmithBlaenau GwentLabno
Gavin StrangEdinburgh East and MusselburghLabno
Michael ConnartyFalkirk EastLab (minister)no
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabno
Ian DavidsonGlasgow PollokLab (minister)no
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabno
Mrs Alice MahonHalifaxLabno
Mr Iain ColemanHammersmith and FulhamLabno
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno
Andrew DismoreHendonLabno
John CryerHornchurchLabno
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
Ann CryerKeighleyLabno
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabno
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabno
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabno
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabno
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabno
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabno
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)no
David DrewStroudLab (minister)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabno
David WinnickWalsall NorthLab (minister)no
Rob MarrisWolverhampton South WestLab (minister)no
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabno

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