Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill — Clause 1 — Access and Permission for Communications Network Operators to Install Services — 10 Mar 2020 at 15:15
The majority of MPs voted against ensuring a request from any legal occupant of a property for a electronic communications service (rather than just a request from a "lessee") entitles a network operator to use a new process to seek a court order giving them access and permission to install the service.
The rejected amendment which was subject to this vote would have left the law in an internally inconsistent state, but its intended effect is clear, so would be expected to be interpreted in-line with the intent or had it been accepted further amendments could have been made to provide consistency.
MPs were considering the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- amendment 2, in clause 1, page 2, line 3, after “lessee in occupation” insert
- “, or a person who is a legal occupant of the property and who is in a contractual relationship with the lessee or freeholder,”.
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:
- This amendment is intended to expand the definition of persons who can request an operator to provide an electronic telecommunications service to include rental tenants and other legal occupants who may not own the lease to the property they occupy.
The explanatory notes to the Bill summarise its effect as follows:
- The Bill provides a bespoke process for telecoms network operators to gain access to multiple dwelling buildings (blocks of residential flats and apartments) in order to deploy, upgrade or maintain fixed-line broadband connections, in cases where a tenant has requested an electronic communication service but the landlord has repeatedly failed to respond to an operator’s requests for access.
The rejected amendment sought to ensure the Bill has its intended effect.
Clause 1 is the operative clause of the Bill.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill, Parliament.uk
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||338 (+2 tell)||0||0||93.2%|
|Lab||0||181 (+2 tell)||0||90.6%|