Broadcasting (Public Service Content) Bill — Second Reading — 1 Apr 2011 at 13:04

The majority of MPs voted against setting out a new definition of public service broadcasting which would need to be followed for broadcasters to receive money from the television licence.

MPs were considering the Broadcasting (Public Service Content) Bill[1]. The motion rejected in this vote was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The Bill sought to define public service content for the purposes of public service broadcasting as being content which satisfies prevailing standards of good taste and decency; is primarily produced in the UK meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • (a) it comprises local, national, international news or current affairs which is impartial, factual and objective;
  • (b) its primary purpose is to inform, educate or entertain children;
  • (c) its primary content is charitable or religious;
  • (d) the content would not otherwise be likely to be provided by the market responding to consumer demand.

The sanction for failure to fulfill the above requirements would be no payments from the license fee being paid to a broadcaster.

The result of this division was declared "not decided" by the Speaker because fewer than 40 MPs took part.

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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con4 (+2 tell) 2 (+2 tell)03.3%
Lab11 104.7%
LDem1 001.8%
Total:16 303.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

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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Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)tellaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)tellaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLab (minister)aye

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