Parliamentary Constituencies Bill — Report — Amendment 11 — 8 Oct 2020 at 16:15

Moved by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd

11: After Clause 4, insert the following new Clause-“The Boundary Commissions: constitution(1) Schedule 1 to the 1986 Act (the Boundary Commissions) is amended as follows.(2) At the end of paragraph 2 insert “in accordance with paragraph 3A below”.(3) In paragraph 3(a), for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales”.(4) In paragraph 3(c), for “Lord Chancellor” substitute “Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales”.(5) After paragraph 3 insert-“3A The two members of each Commission appointed by the Secretary of State shall each be appointed in accordance with the following process- (a) a selection panel shall be convened by the Secretary of State to select the members of the Commission, which shall comprise-(i) the deputy chairman of the Commission, and(ii) two persons appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons;(b) the selection panel shall determine the selection process to be applied and apply that process;(c) the selection panel shall select only one person for recommendation for each appointment as a member of the Commission;(d) the selection panel shall submit to the Secretary of State a report stating who has been selected and any other information required by the Secretary of State;(e) the Secretary of State shall on receipt of the report do one of the following-(i) accept the selection,(ii) reject the selection, or(iii) require the panel to reconsider the selection;(f) the power of the Secretary of State to require the selection panel to reconsider a selection is exercisable only on the ground that, in the Secretary of State’s opinion, there is not enough evidence that the person selected is suitable for appointment as a member of the Commission;(g) the power of the Secretary of State to reject a selection is exercisable only on the ground that, in the Secretary of State’s opinion, the person selected is not suitable for appointment as a member of the Commission;(h) the Secretary of State shall give the selection panel reasons in writing for requiring the reconsideration of, or rejecting, any selection.”(6) In paragraph 4, at end insert “, but the term for which each member (other than the chairman) is appointed shall be a non-renewable term.””Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment would ensure that the appointment of members of the Boundary Commissions is made and is seen to be made independently and without the influence or appearance of influence of the Executive, to remove the possibility of political interference in the process of setting the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies.

Ayes 319, Noes 224.

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Party Summary

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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Con5 19868.4%
Crossbench71 638.1%
DUP0 240.0%
Green2 0100.0%
Independent Labour1 0100.0%
Independent Liberal Democrat1 0100.0%
Independent Ulster Unionist0 1100.0%
Judge5 033.3%
Lab136 160.9%
LDem84 178.7%
Non-affiliated9 131.3%
PC1 050.0%
UUP0 150.0%
Total:315 21158.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Party | Vote

NamePartyVote
Lord Bowness Conaye
The Earl of Cork and OrreryCon (front bench)aye
Lord Inglewood Con (front bench)aye
The Duke of WellingtonConaye
Baroness Wheatcroft Conaye
Lord Carey of CliftonCrossbenchno
Lord Chartres Crossbench (front bench)no
Lord Hogan-Howe Crossbench (front bench)no
Baroness Meacher Crossbench (front bench)no
Lord Powell of BayswaterCrossbench (front bench)no
Lord Rana Crossbenchno
Lord Grabiner Labno
Baroness Nicholson of WinterbourneLDemno
Lord Taylor of WarwickNon-affiliatedno

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