Prayers — Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill — 13 Mar 2009 at 13:09
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Today is an interesting day-Friday the 13th, red nose day. I hope that we do not have too many red faces on the Front Bench, let alone red noses. I am disappointed that, despite what seemed to be-and what I hoped would be-the sympathetic line being taken by my Government, some strange tactics were being used earlier in the week. Letters in the name of the Whip have gone out to certain Members asking them to come and speak against the Bill. I find that quite appalling and quite underhand. It is a very strange thing to do, especially when the Minister and I were still in negotiations on the Bill and had not yet met to come to an agreement. For somebody to prejudge those discussions is quite appalling, so I hope that there are some red faces.
Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
The House divided: Ayes 85, Noes 17.
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|
|Lab||76 (+2 tell)||4 (+2 tell)||0||24.0%|
|John Bercow||Buckingham||whilst Con (front bench)||aye|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Pat McFadden||Wolverhampton South East||Lab (minister)||no|
|Chris Mole||Ipswich||Lab (minister)||tellno|
|John Spellar||Warley||Lab (minister)||no|
|Gareth Thomas||Harrow West||Lab (minister)||no|
|Dave Watts||St Helens North||Lab (minister)||tellno|
|Rosie Winterton||Doncaster Central||Lab (minister)||no|