Local Government Finance Bill — Schedule 1 — Process for National vs Local Allocation of Business Rates — 18 Jan 2012 at 18:32
The majority of MPs voted against a more transparent process based on a published assessment of need for determining the national verses local share of business rates.
MPs were considering the Local Government Finance Bill
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 39, page 15, line 17, leave out from ‘must’ to end of line 19 and insert
- ‘prepare and publish an assessment of the level of need in each local authority, as defined in paragraph 4(c) above. The Secretary of State must—
- (a) lay the report containing the assessment before the House at least 14 sitting days in advance of the publication of the Local Government Finance Report, and
- (b) notify such representatives of local government as the Secretary of State thinks fit of the publication of the report on need and the detail of the basis of calculation in the Local Government Finance Report.’.
The paragraph this would have impacted is 10(2) within Schedule 1 which initially stated:
- (2) Before making the local government finance report for a year, the Secretary of State must notify such representatives of local government as the Secretary of State thinks fit of the general nature of the basis of calculation.
During debate Helen Jones MP (Warrington North, Labour) stated:
- We believe that it is vital that the Secretary of State not only makes an assessment of need before setting the central and local shares for each authority, but publishes that assessment and lays it before the House. That would bring transparency and openness to the system.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Local Government Finance Bill
-  Helen Jones MP, (Warrington North, Labour), House of Commons, 18 January 2012
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||271 (+1 tell)||0||0||88.9%|
|Lab||0||226 (+2 tell)||0||88.4%|
|LDem||46 (+1 tell)||0||0||82.5%|