Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill — Clause 1 — Right for All Registered Voters to Inspect Accounting Records of Certain Public Bodies — 24 Mar 2017 at 12:30

The majority of MPs voted against giving anyone registered to vote in local elections in the UK the right to inspect the accounting records of certain public bodies, instead restricting this right to journalists and persons interested.

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • amendment 2, page 1, line 5, leave out from “after” to the end of the subsection and insert—
  • any members of the public who are registered to vote in local elections in the United Kingdom”.

The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:

The rejected amendment would have impacted clause 1 of the Bill[2] titled: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists

which stated:

  • (1) Section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (inspection of documents etc) is amended as follows.
  • (2) In subsection (1) (persons who can inspect accounting records and related documents) after “persons interested” insert “or any journalist”.
  • (3) After that subsection insert—
  • “(1A) In subsection (1) “journalist” means any person who produces for publication journalistic material (whether paid to do so or otherwise).”

The position prior to the Bill was that only "persons interested" had rights to inspect accounting records and supporting documents, the Bill sought to extend this to also cover "any journalist"; the rejected amendment would have extended inspection rights to any members of the public who are registered to vote in local elections in the United Kingdom.

The inspection rights apply to those bodies listed in Schedule 2 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which include local councils, National Park Authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners and certain other public bodies.

==

Debate in Parliament |

Public Whip is run as a free not-for-profit free service. If you'd like to support us, please consider switching your electricity and/or gas to Bulb Energy who provide 100% renewable electricity and tend to be 20% cheaper than the 'Big Six'. They'll also pay any exit fees (up to £120) from your old supplier AND give you (and us) a £50 credit for joining up via our Bulb Referral Link.

All Votes Cast - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party are marked in red. Also shows which MPs were ministers at the time of this vote. You can also see every eligible MP including those who did not vote in this division.

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)aye
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)tellaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Greg KnightEast YorkshireConaye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)tellaye
Edward ArgarCharnwoodConno
Victoria AtkinsLouth and HorncastleConno
Michelle DonelanChippenhamCon (front bench)no
Michael EllisNorthampton NorthCon (front bench)no
George EusticeCamborne and RedruthCon (front bench)no
Mark FieldCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)no
Mike FreerFinchley and Golders GreenConno
Mark GarnierWyre ForestCon (front bench)no
John GlenSalisburyConno
Robert GoodwillScarborough and WhitbyCon (front bench)no
Ben GummerIpswichCon (front bench)no
Sam GyimahEast SurreyCon (front bench)no
Matthew HancockWest SuffolkCon (front bench)no
Rebecca HarrisCastle PointCon (front bench)no
John HayesSouth Holland and The DeepingsCon (front bench)no
Chris Heaton-HarrisDaventryCon (front bench)no
Peter Heaton-JonesNorth DevonCon (front bench)no
Kevin HollinrakeThirsk and MaltonCon (front bench)tellno
Nick HurdRuislip, Northwood and PinnerCon (front bench)no
Ranil JayawardenaNorth East HampshireCon (front bench)no
Gareth JohnsonDartfordConno
Andrew JonesHarrogate and KnaresboroughCon (front bench)no
Seema KennedySouth RibbleConno
Simon KirbyBrighton, KemptownCon (front bench)no
Pauline LathamMid DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Tania MathiasTwickenhamCon (front bench)no
Amanda MillingCannock ChaseCon (front bench)no
Anne MiltonGuildfordCon (front bench)no
Penny MordauntPortsmouth NorthCon (front bench)no
James MorrisHalesowen and Rowley RegisConno
Wendy MortonAldridge-BrownhillsCon (front bench)no
David MowatWarrington SouthCon (front bench)no
Mike PenningHemel HempsteadCon (front bench)no
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)no
Rebecca PowTaunton DeaneCon (front bench)tellno
Julian SmithSkipton and RiponCon (front bench)no
Amanda SollowayDerby NorthCon (front bench)no
Maggie ThroupErewashCon (front bench)no
Edward TimpsonCrewe and NantwichCon (front bench)no
Michael TomlinsonMid Dorset and North PooleCon (front bench)no
Theresa VilliersChipping BarnetCon (front bench)no
Robin WalkerWorcesterCon (front bench)no
James WhartonStockton SouthCon (front bench)no
Nick BrownNewcastle upon Tyne EastLab (minister)aye
Alan CampbellTynemouthLab (minister)aye
Jim DowdLewisham West and PengeLab (minister)aye
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLab (minister)aye
Mary GlindonNorth TynesideLab (minister)aye
Rupa HuqEaling Central and ActonLab (minister)aye
Mike KaneWythenshawe and Sale EastLab (minister)aye
Andy McDonaldMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Teresa PearceErith and ThamesmeadLab (minister)aye
Paula SherriffDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Nick SmithBlaenau GwentLab (minister)aye
Emily ThornberryIslington South and FinsburyLab (minister)aye

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

PublicWhip v2 codebase is currently under development - you can join the Slack group to find out more or email [email protected]

The Whip on the Web

Help keep PublicWhip alive