National Policy Statements — Parliamentary committee writes a report — 20 May 2009 at 16:10
The majority of MPs voted in favour of the formal rules of procedure for presenting a National Policy Statement for review by Parliament, under section 9(2) of the [Planning Act 2008]
The new Infrastructure Planning Commission is to decide on planning applications for nationally important infrastructure "in accordance with any relevant national policy statement".
The rules are as follows:
- The Liaison Committee either designates a select committee or appoints a new National Policy Statement Committee to consider the proposal.
- A National Policy Statement Committee has between 7 and 13 members chosen from the Select committees for Communities and Local Government, Energy and Climate Change, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, and Welsh Affairs.
- The Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to appoint specialist advisers.
- The Committee shall cease to exist according to a deadline set by the Secretary of State, whether or not it has had time to report.
- The committee may invite other MPs to attend its meetings without voting rights.
This set of rules was passed, after an amendment to them had been rejected.
-  Decisions of Panel and Council, Section 104, Planning Act 2008
-  Iain Wright MP, House of Commons, 20 May 2009
-  National Policy Statements - Parliamentary debate following committee report - rejected, House of Commons Division, 20 May 2009
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|
|Con||0||152 (+1 tell)||0||79.3%|
|Lab||265 (+2 tell)||8||0||78.6%|
|LDem||0||46 (+1 tell)||0||74.6%|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Dai Havard||Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||Lab (minister)||no|
|Lynne Jones||Birmingham, Selly Oak||Lab (minister)||no|
|John Martin McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||no|
|Gordon Prentice||Pendle||Lab (minister)||no|
|Alan Simpson||Nottingham South||Lab||no|