Infrastructure Bill — New Clause 1 — Environmental Permits for Hydraulic Fracturing Activities — 26 Jan 2015 at 17:30

The majority of MPs voted against explicitly requiring an environmental permit for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities.

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote stated:

  • (1) The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, Schedule 1, Part 2, Chapter 1, is amended as follows:
  • (2) After Section 1.2 insert—
  • “SECTION 1.3
  • Hydraulic fracturing activities
  • Part A(1)
  • (a) carrying out exploration or assessments prior to hydraulic fracturing;
  • (b) drilling wells for use in hydraulic fracturing;
  • (c) process of hydraulic fracturing;
  • (d) decommissioning and long-term maintenance of hydraulic fracturing wells.”

Had it not been rejected this amendment would have introduced a provision explicitly requiring an environmental permit for hydraulic fracturing activities (otherwise known as "fracking").

During the debate prior to this vote Amber Rudd MP, Minister at Department for Energy and Climate Change, stated:[2]

  • On new clause 1, the Government welcome in principle the sentiment behind the proposed amendment to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 to make explicit reference to hydraulic fracturing, and I would like to reassure hon. Members that the Government will continue the work we have initiated and introduce any appropriate changes to the regulations in due course. I therefore ask hon. Members not to press the new clause.


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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%
Con276 (+1 tell) 0091.4%
DUP1 0012.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 215 (+2 tell)184.5%
LDem41 (+1 tell) 1076.8%
PC0 2066.7%
Respect0 10100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
UKIP1 0050.0%
Total:319 223186.0%

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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Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)both
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDemaye

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