Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill — Clause 1 — Financial Assistance to Reduce Charges — 14 Mar 2012 at 13:45
The majority of MPs voted against requiring the Secretary of State to give details of which customers would benefit, and how, from any payment made to water providers made to secure lower prices for customers.
MPs were considering the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- amendment 1, page 2, line 2, at end insert— ‘(5A)
- a) In exercising the power under subsection (3) the Secretary of State may make an order containing a scheme for the provision of financial assistance to customers whom the Secretary of State considers are disproportionately adversely affected by the water charges with a view to reducing the impact of those water charges.
- (b) The scheme shall—
- (i) specify the customers whose charges are covered by the scheme,
- (ii) set out the basis of the adjustment of the charges, and
- (iii) specify the duration of the adjustment.
- (c) An order shall not be made under this section unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.’.
The amendment had it not been rejected would have seen the above text added to Clause 1 of thte Bill. The power referred to allows the Secretary of State to make payments to English water suppliers to secure the reduction of charges payable by customers for the supply of water or the provision of sewerage services.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill (now an Act)
-  Clause 1 of the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill 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||229 (+1 tell)||0||0||75.2%|
|Lab||0||190 (+2 tell)||0||74.7%|
|LDem||34 (+1 tell)||0||0||61.4%|