Queen's Speech — Devolution — Protection of the Interests of Scotland — 3 Jun 2015 at 18:48
The majority of MPs voted against specifically protecting the interests of Scotland as more powers are devolved from central government to local councils and the constituent nations of the United Kingdom.
The debate on the content of the government's legislative programme outlined Queens' speech is technically, and traditionally, on the subject of a message of thanks which the house is to send the monarch for making the speech.
The motion under consideration was:
- That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
- Most Gracious Sovereign,
- We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.
The amendment rejected following this vote sought to add the following to the end of the message:
at the end of the Question to add:
- 'regret' that the Government has offered piecemeal measures which threaten to leave some areas behind;
- 'recognise' that devolution needs to be part of an ambitious UK-wide plan not simply a limited series of one-off deals done by the Chancellor;
- 'note' that the Government has failed to offer an economic growth package including new powers in transport, housing and skills for all areas, including for county regions;
- 'further regret' that the Government is not offering all combined authorities in England the ability to retain all business rate revenue growth;
- 'further note' that the Government has failed to offer a comprehensive strategy to build the homes, including the badly needed affordable homes, that our country needs;
- 'note that' the Government has pledged a funding floor for Wales, but is concerned that fair funding will be contingent on an income tax referendum;
- 'note that', whilst the timeline of the cross-party agreement reached through the Smith Commission has been met and the Scotland Bill will make the Scottish Parliament one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world, the Government has failed to confirm that the Barnett formula will be protected and welfare provisions do not go far enough; and
- 'resolve' that devolution should be delivered without leaving Scotland worse off.”.
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||326 (+2 tell)||0||0||99.4%|
|Lab||0||214 (+2 tell)||0||93.1%|