Backbench Business — Ministerial Statements To Be Made to Parliament First — 5 Dec 2011 at 18:42
The majority of MPs voted to make clear Ministers are expected to make announcements to Parliament first and that serious breaches of the expectation should be investigated by the Committee on Standards and Privileges
The motion rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House
- expects Ministers to make all important announcements relating to government policy to Parliament before they are made elsewhere on all occasions when Parliament is sitting;
- considers that information which forms all or part of such announcements should not be released to the press before such a statement is made to Parliament, as recommended in the First Report from the Procedure Committee, on Ministerial Statements, HC 602; and
- further considers that hon. Members who believe the protocol has been breached should first report this to the Speaker for his judgment and that in the case of a minor breach the Speaker may take appropriate steps but in more serious or more complex cases he would refer the matter to the Committee on Standards and Privileges for further investigation.
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||195 (+2 tell)||15 (+2 tell)||0||69.9%|
|Steven Baker||Wycombe||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Christopher Chope||Christchurch||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Nadine Dorries||Mid Bedfordshire||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Richard Drax||South Dorset||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Zac Goldsmith||Richmond Park||Con (front bench)||aye|
|James Gray||North Wiltshire||Con (front bench)||tellaye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||tellaye|
|Bernard Jenkin||Harwich and North Essex||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Julian Lewis||New Forest East||Con (front bench)||aye|
|David Nuttall||Bury North||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Jacob Rees-Mogg||North East Somerset||Con (front bench)||aye|
|John Stanley||Tonbridge and Malling||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Sarah Wollaston||Totnes||Con (front bench)||aye|
|John Hemming||Birmingham, Yardley||LDem (front bench)||aye|