Opposition Day — Rail and Bus Fares — 11 Jan 2012 at 16:19

The majority of MPs voted to allow rail fares to be increased my more than the amount of the Government's cap on increases. At the time of the vote the Government's cap applied to the average rail fare so enabled some fares to rise in excess of the cap if they were balanced by decreases elsewhere.

The text of the rejected motion was:

  • That this House
  • believes that the scale of increases to rail and bus fares and the high cost of fuel are significantly increasing the transport sector’s contribution to the cost of living crisis facing households up and down the UK;
  • notes that, despite the Chancellor’s announcement in his Autumn Statement that rail fares would rise this month by 1 per cent. above inflation, many commuters have found their tickets have gone up by as much as 11 per cent.;
  • recognises that this is a direct result of the decision to give back to train companies the right to add a further increase of up to 5 per cent., resulting in the cost of getting to work rising to more than the cost of monthly mortgage or rent payments for many families;
  • notes with concern the National Audit Office’s warning to the Department for Transport that higher rail fares are likely to lead to higher profits for train operating companies;
  • deplores the Government’s decision to levy even higher increases of 3 per cent. above inflation for 2013 and 2014; and
  • calls on the Government to end the right of train companies to increase regulated tickets by more than the cap set by Ministers, so as to prevent fare increases of up to 13 per cent. that could otherwise hit passengers in each of the next two years.

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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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con273 (+1 tell) 0089.5%
DUP0 5062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 234 (+2 tell)091.5%
LDem46 (+1 tell) 0082.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:319 251089.3%

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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