Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill — Parliamentary Approval of Specific Arrangements — 21 Jan 2019 at 19:15
The majority of MPs voted not to require the explicit approval of both houses of Parliament for reciprocal healthcare agreements with other countries. Such arrangements would enable people from the United Kingdom to obtain healthcare in other countries, and those from other countries to obtain healthcare in the United Kingdom.
MPs were considering the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill.
Clause 1 of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill was titled: Power to make healthcare payments and stated:
- The Secretary of State may make payments, and arrange for payments to be made, in respect of the cost of healthcare provided outside the United Kingdom.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 1, page 3, line 44, leave out subsections (5) and (6) and insert—
- “(5) Any statutory instrument which contains regulations issued under this Act may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.”
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:
- This amendment would make all regulations issued under this Act subject to the affirmative procedure and require approval from Parliament before they become law.
Had the amendment not been rejected it would have impacted Clause 5 of the Bill titled Regulations and directions, the subclauses which would have been deleted stated:
- (5) A statutory instrument which contains (whether alone or with other provision) regulations under this Act which amend, repeal or revoke primary legislation may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.
- (6) A statutory instrument which contains regulations under this Act but does not contain regulations which amend, repeal or revoke primary legislation is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill
-  Clause 1 of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill as at the time of the vote, Parliament.uk website
-  Clause 5 of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill as at the time of the vote, Parliament.uk website
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||288 (+2 tell)||0||0||91.5%|
|Lab||0||221 (+2 tell)||0||87.1%|