Employment Opportunities Bill — Second Reading — Removal of Restrictions on Foreign Nationals Working — Allow Opt-Out from Minimum Wage — 17 Jun 2011 at 13:42

The majority of MPs voted against removing restrictions on working applied to foreign nationals lawfully resident in the UK and against allowing people to opt out from an entitlement to the national minimum wage. The majority of MPs also voted against a review of the impact of the national minimum wage.

MPs were considering the Employment Opportunities Bill[1]. The motion rejected by the majority of MPs was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The rejection of this motion meant the Bill was dropped and made no further progress towards becoming law.

The Bill sought to:

  • reduce restrictions on foreign nationals lawfully resident in the UK that prevent them from working, unless they have been refused leave to remain or are in detention
  • enable those entitled to the minimum wage to opt out from that entitlement
  • remove the entitlement to the minimum wage from those who are receiving a training wage, if they had entered into a written contract of employment offering them a training wage and training from the employer in skills relevant to the employment
  • require the Low Pay Commission to institute an enquiry into the impact of the national minimum wage on job creation and access to employment in areas of high unemployment, and to consider whether to reduce the minimum wage in those areas if it is found to have had a negative effect. It would further require the Secretary of State to act on recommendations by the Commission to reduce the minimum wage.

(The above summary is taken from Parliament's webpage on the Bill)


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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
Con20 (+2 tell) 5 (+2 tell)09.5%
Lab13 005.1%
LDem0 000.0%
Total:33 506.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthCon (front bench)aye
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)tellaye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)aye
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)tellaye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)aye

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