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.

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All Votes Cast - sorted by constituency

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

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