Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats — 1 Nov 2010 at 19:15
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted not to make specified exemptions from proposals to equalise the number of electors in each parliamentary constituency and voted against guaranteeing certain areas a whole number of MPs and also against widening the band within which the number of electors in every constituencies must remain.
In this vote the majority of MPs voted not to specifically exempt Anglesey, The Isle of Wight and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly from the proposal to equalise the number of electors in each parliamentary constituency and voted against guaranteeing those areas a whole number of MPs. Those MPs voting with the majority were also voting against widening the band within which the population of all constituencies must remain, and allowing the Boundary Commission to define constituencies with 5-10% more or less electors than the quota in exceptional cases.
The defeated amendment would have required the relevant Boundary Commission to agree to any constituency having an electorate more than 5 per cent above or below the electoral quota for that part of the UK, and would have capped the maximum permitted variation from the quota at 10 per cent.
The detail of the proposed change that was the subject of the vote was to delete the section of the Bill which stated:
- Electorate per constituency
- 2 (1) The electorate of any constituency shall be—
- (a) no less than 95% of the United Kingdom electoral quota, and
- (b) no more than 105% of that quota.
- (2) This rule is subject to rules 4(2), 6(2) and 7.
- (3) In this Schedule the “United Kingdom electoral quota” means—:
- where U is the electorate of the United Kingdom minus the electorate of the constituencies mentioned in rule 6.
(Rule 6 states: There shall continue to be a constituency named Orkney and Shetland, comprising the areas of the Orkney Islands Council and the Shetland Islands Council; and a constituency named Na h-Eileanan an Iar, comprising the area of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.[The Outer Hebrides])
The proposal was to replace the above with:
- (1) No constituency shall have an electorate more than 5 per cent. above or below the electoral quota for that part of the United Kingdom unless the Boundary Commission concerned believes there to be overriding reasons under the terms of these rules why it should.
- (2) No constituency shall have an electorate more than 10 per cent. above or below the electoral quota for that part of the United Kingdom.
- (3) In this Schedule "the electoral quota for that part of the United Kingdom" means-
- U / Y
- where U is the electorate of that part of the United Kingdom minus the electorate of the areas mentioned in rule 5A and Y is the number of constituencies in that part minus the number of constituencies allocated within that part as a result of the operation of rule 5A.'.
Amendment 13 would have introduced a rule 5A as follows:
- 5A Specified areas
- (1) The following shall be allocated whole numbers of constituencies by whichever Boundary Commission is responsible for them:
- (a) Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas;
- (b) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar council area;
- (c) The Isle of Anglesey county area;
- (d) The Isle of Wight county area;
- (e) The County of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly council areas.'.
-  Chris Bryant, House of Commons, 1 November 2010 - Introduction of amendment.
-  Nigel Evans, Deputy Speaker, House of Commons, 1 November 2010
-  Page on the Parliament website for the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
-  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill - as amended in the committee of the whole house - Published 26th October 2010
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||278 (+1 tell)||2||0||91.8%|
|Lab||0||227 (+2 tell)||0||88.8%|
|LDem||49 (+1 tell)||4||0||94.7%|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew Turner||Isle of Wight||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew George||St Ives||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Charles Kennedy||Ross, Skye and Lochaber||LDem||aye|
|Dan Rogerson||North Cornwall||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Adrian Sanders||Torbay||LDem (front bench)||aye|