Trade Union Bill — Publication of a Strategy for the Rollout of Secure Electronic Balloting — 27 Apr 2016 at 16:15

The majority of MPs voted against requiring the publication of a strategy for the rollout of secure electronic balloting.

MPs were considering the Trade Union Bill[1].

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That amendment (a) to Lords amendment 2 be made.

Lords amendment 2[2] sought to introduce a new clause titled: Electronic balloting - Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme and stating:

  • (1) The Secretary of State shall commission an independent review, the report of which shall be laid before each House of Parliament, on the delivery of secure methods of electronic balloting for the purpose of ballots held under section 226 of the 1992 Act (requirement of ballot before action by trade union).
  • (2) The use of pilot schemes shall be permitted to inform the design and implementation of electronic balloting before it is rolled out across union strike ballots.
  • (3) The Secretary of State must consider the report and publish and lay before each House of Parliament a strategy for the rollout of secure electronic balloting.
  • (4) For the purpose of preparing the strategy under subsection (3), the Secretary of State must consult relevant organisations including professionals from expert associations to seek their advice and recommendations.
  • (5) The review under subsection (1) shall be commissioned within 6 months of the passing of this Act.”


Commons amendment 2A[3] stated:

  • Line 13, leave out from “Parliament” to end of line 14 and insert “his or her response to it”

Line 13 is within subclause (3) and the impact of the rejected amendment would have been to remove the requirement to publish "a strategy for the rollout of secure electronic balloting".

During the debate prior to the vote Kevin Brennan MP stated[4]:

  • Government amendment (a) would revise Lords amendment 2 so that Ministers are required only to publish a response to the review, but need not take further action to actually introduce e-balloting.

It appears "amendment (a) to to Lords amendment 2" and "Commons amendment 2A" are two different ways of describing the same amendment.

Debate in Parliament |

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con304 (+2 tell) 0092.7%
DUP5 0062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 30100.0%
Lab0 195 (+2 tell)085.7%
LDem0 5062.5%
PC0 1033.3%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 51094.4%
UKIP1 00100.0%
UUP0 0150.0%
Total:310 259189.3%

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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