Scotland Bill — New Clause 31 — Ability of Scottish Parliament to Create New Benefits — 30 Jun 2015 at 17:45

The majority of MPs voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to create new state benefits in Scotland.

MPs were considering the Scotland Bill[1]

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled New Benefits and stated:

  • In Section F1 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998, in the Exceptions, after exception 8 (see section 23 above) insert—
  • “Exception 9
  • A benefit not in existence at the relevant date provided entitlement to or the purpose of the benefit is different from entitlement to or the purpose of any benefit that is—
  • (a) in existence at the relevant date,
  • (b) payable by or on behalf of a Minister of the Crown, and
  • (c) otherwise a reserved benefit.
  • For the purpose of this exception—
  • “the relevant date” means the date of introduction into Parliament of the Bill that becomes the Scotland Act 2015;
  • “reserved benefit” means a benefit which is to any extent a reserved matter.”

The rejected clause would have added the above to the list of exceptions from powers "reserved" to the UK Parliament rather than being devolved to Scotland.

An explanatory note accompanying the rejected new clause stated:

  • This New Clause broadens the circumstances under which the Scottish Parliament can create new benefits, as recommended by the Smith Commission.


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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
Con313 (+2 tell) 0095.5%
DUP2 0025.0%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab0 195 (+2 tell)084.9%
LDem0 3037.5%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 55098.2%
UUP1 0050.0%
Total:317 258090.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by constituency

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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