Comparison of Divisions: Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill — Clause 1 — NHS Foundation Trusts — 19 Nov 2003 at 26:00 with Division No. 381 on the same day at 16:45
Vote (a) : Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill — Clause 1 — NHS Foundation Trusts - 19 Nov 2003 at 26:00 - Division No. 388
The Aye-voters struck down the Lords' wrecking amendment to the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, which had just been introduced a second time during their debate.
Vote (b) : Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill — Clause 1 — NHS foundation trusts - 19 Nov 2003 at 16:45 - Division No. 381
The majority of MPs voted in favour of the introduction of NHS foundation trusts; bodies with a degree of financial and managerial independence from the Department of Health.
The Aye-voters successfully rejected a Lords wrecking amendment.
The motion being voted on was:
- That this House disagrees with the Lords in the said amendment:
The Lords amendment in question, No. 1, stated leave out clause 1
Clause 1 defines "NHS foundation trusts".
Shortly after the division there were several points of order noting that Scottish MPs' votes were required to pass the bill, but that the bill only affects England and Wales.
The measure of similarity between these two divisions is a calculation based on a comparison of their votes.
There were 659 MPs who could have voted in both of these divisions, and 535 voted the same way, with 2 voting in opposite ways. There were 66 MPs who didn't vote in either division, and 56 who voted in only one of them.
We invert the vote on the second division if it makes the distance closer (since the meaning of 'Aye' and 'No' are often interchangeable depending on how the question was put). In this case, they line up the same way. An 's vote in in only one of the divisions contributes a factor of 0.2 to the distance. The calculation runs as follows:
([same-votes] + [differing-votes] + 0.2x[abstain-in-one])
(535 + 2 + 0.2x56)