Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Clause 151 — Definition of Miscarriages of Justice — 4 Feb 2014 at 15:15
The majority of MPs voted to define a miscarriage of justice as being where a new or newly discovered fact shows beyond reasonable doubt that the person "did not commit", rather than "was innocent of", the offence.
The motion approved by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- Amendment (a) proposed in lieu of Lords amendment 112.
- Page 121, line 23, leave out from “shows” to “(and” in line 24 and insert “conclusively that the evidence against the person at trial is so undermined that no conviction could possibly be based on it”
This would have affected clause 151 of the Bill titled Compensation for miscarriages of justice. Lords amendment 112 would have changed wording of the definition of a miscarriage of justice in that clause from:
- if the new or newly discovered fact shows beyond reasonable doubt that the person was innocent of the offence
- if the new or newly discovered fact shows conclusively that the evidence against the person at trial is so undermined that no conviction could possibly be based on it
Amendment (a) in lieu which was accepted in this vote stated:
- Page 121, line 24, leave out ‘was innocent of’ and insert ‘did not commit’.
There appears to be a proposed change of words, without any change of meaning. Questions as to the impact of the change were raised during the debate.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (now an Act)
-  Lords amendments to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill
-  Page of Lords amendments to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill containing amendment 112
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||255 (+2 tell)||0||0||84.3%|
|Lab||0||224 (+2 tell)||0||87.9%|