Nuclear Safeguards Bill — Clause 2 — Power for Ministers to Amend Legislation Relating to Nuclear Safeguards — 23 Jan 2018 at 16:45
The majority of MPs voted not to restrict the powers of ministers amending legislation relating to nuclear safeguards in consequence of a new agreement between the United Kingdom and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The proposed amendment rejected in this vote was:
"Amendment 5, in clause 2, page 4, line 13, at end insert: "
- (1A) The Secretary of State may only exercise powers under this section at the point at which amendment of any of the legislation in subsection (1) becomes necessary in order to complete the process of transposition of responsibility for nuclear safeguarding from EURATOM to the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and for no other purpose.
- (1B) Upon exercising the power set out in subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall lay before both Houses of Parliament a report on the operation of the power.”
Had it note been rejected the amendment would have added the additional sub-clauses to Clause 2 of the Bill. Clause 3 provided for ministers to have powers to amend a series of specified laws "in consequence of a relevant safeguards agreement". The amendment added additional restrictions and safeguards in relation to the use of this power.
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:
- This amendment would limit circumstances under which the Secretary of State may exercise certain powers in this section and requires a report to be laid before Parliament.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
-  Explanatory notes to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19. Overview section
-  Clause 3 of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
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||287 (+2 tell)||0||0||91.2%|
|Lab||0||206 (+2 tell)||0||79.7%|