Protection of Freedoms Bill — Clause 20 — National Security: Appointment of Commissioner — 10 Oct 2011 at 20:44
The majority of MPs voted against requiring a report, produced after consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers, and approved by both Houses of Parliament, prior to the appointment of a Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material.
MPs were considering the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 108, page 13, line 26, leave out from ‘must’ to end of line 28 and insert—
- ‘place a report in both Houses, after consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), on the suitability of a Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material (referred to in this section and sections 21 and 22 as “the Commissioner”.
- ‘(1A) Subject to the approval of a report laid under subsection (1) by resolution of both Houses of Parliament, the Secretary of State may appoint a Commissioner to be known as the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material.’.
Had it not been rejected this amendment would have amended Clause 20(1) of the Bill which stated:
- The Secretary of State must appoint a Commissioner to be known as the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material (referred to in this section and sections 21 and 22 as “the Commissioner”).
-  Parliament's webpage on the Protection of Freedoms Bill (now an Act)
-  Protection of Freedoms Bill as published on 18 May 2011 and as at the time of the vote
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||244 (+1 tell)||2||0||80.7%|
|Lab||0||218 (+2 tell)||0||85.3%|
|LDem||44 (+1 tell)||0||0||78.9%|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|