Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — New Clause 30 — Abolition of Prison Sentences for Public Protection — 1 Nov 2011 at 18:00

The majority of MPs voted to abolish sentences of imprisonment for public protection.

During the debate Kenneth Clarke MP, (Rushcliffe, Conservative)[1], who proposed the abolition suggested thousands of people were being detained in prison indefinitely under sentences for public protection and that he would seek to replace them with with tough determinate sentences.

MPs were considering the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill[2]. The motion passed in this vote was:

  • That the clause be read a Second time.

The new clause in question was New Clause 30 which was read a Second time, and added to the Bill.

The accepted clause stated:

  • In Chapter 5 of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (sentencing: dangerous offenders) omit—
  • (a) section 225(3) to (4) (imprisonment for public protection for serious offences),
  • (b) section 226(3) to (4) (detention for public protection for serious offences),
  • (c) section 227 (extended sentence for certain violent or sexual offences: persons 18 or over), and
  • (d) section 228 (extended sentence for certain violent or sexual offences: persons under 18)

The clause made it into the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act as Section 123. Explanatory notes to that section[3] are available.


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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance1 00100.0%
Con257 (+1 tell) 4085.6%
DUP0 80100.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Lab1 223 (+2 tell)087.6%
LDem46 (+1 tell) 0082.5%
PC3 00100.0%
SDLP2 0066.7%
Total:311 235086.3%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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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David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)no
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)no
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
Anne MainSt AlbansCon (front bench)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye

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