Energy Bill — Schedule 2 — Investment Contracts — Withholding Material from Parliament — 3 Jun 2013 at 19:00
The majority of MPs rejected a proposal to limit material omitted from contracts under which subsidies are paid to electricity generators when they are put before Parliament to just trade secrets, preferring instead that any information the contract itself says must not be disclosed be omitted.
MPs were considering the Energy Bill.
The text of the rejected amendment was:
- amendment: 9, page 108, line 24, at end insert—
- ‘( ) For the purposes of paragraphs 1 and 2, information is “confidential information” only if it constitutes a trade secret.’.
MPs voted on the question:
- That the amendment be made.
This relates to investment contracts under which subsidies are paid to electricity generators which the Secretary of State is required to lay before Parliament; without the amendment the Secretary of State would be required to omit information the contract itself said must not be disclosed, the amendment would have reduced the amount of information withheld from Parliament.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Energy Bill (Now the Energy Act 2013
-  Amendment sheet for consideration of the Energy Bill on 3 Jun 2013
-  Schedule 2 of the Energy Bill as it stood on the 9th of May 2013
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||254 (+1 tell)||2||0||84.3%|
|Lab||0||217 (+2 tell)||0||84.9%|
|LDem||47 (+1 tell)||0||0||85.7%|
|Zac Goldsmith||Richmond Park||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Mark Reckless||Rochester and Strood||Con (front bench)||aye|