Policing and Crime Bill — Parity of Funding Between Police and Families at Inquests — 13 Jun 2016 at 19:00
The majority of MPs voted for funding of legal representation for families of deceased people in inquests where the police are an interested person such that there is parity of legal representation.
MPs were considering the Policing and Crime Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled Police and Crime Commissioners: parity of funding between police and families at inquests and stated:
- “(1) A police and crime commissioner has the duties set out in this section when the police force they are responsible for is a Properly Interested Person for the purposes of—
- (a) an inquest into the death of a member of an individual’s family, or
- (b) an inquest into the deaths of members of a group of families, under the Coroners Act 1988.
- (2) The police and crime commissioner must make recommendations to the Secretary of State as to whether the individual’s family or the group of families at the inquest require financial support to ensure parity of legal representation between parties to the inquest.
- (3) If a police and crime commissioner makes a recommendation under subsection (2) then the Secretary of State must provide financial assistance to the individual’s family or the group of families to ensure parity of funding between families and the police.
- (4) The individual’s family or the group of families may use funding authorised under this section solely for the purpose of funding legal representation at the inquest.”
The rejected new clause was accompanies by the following explanatory statement:
- This new clause would put into law the principle of parity of funding between police and families at inquests. It would ensure that funding to a bereaved family, or a group of bereaved families, for purposes of legal representation during an inquest is an amount broadly equal to the level of funding that the police force receives. This new clause seeks to place an obligation on the PCC to recommend to the Home Secretary as to whether a bereaved family, or a group of bereaved families requires funding to support their legal representation at the inquest. The Home Secretary must provide such funding if it is recommended.
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||262 (+2 tell)||0||0||80.0%|
|Lab||0||140 (+2 tell)||0||61.5%|