Parliamentary Constituencies Bill — After Clause 4 — The Boundary Commissions: Constitution — 10 Nov 2020 at 17:30
The majority of MPs voted not to reduce the Government's influence over appointments to the bodies responsible for recommending changes to Parliamentary constituency boundaries.
MPs were considering the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 6.
Lords amendment 6 proposed a new clause titled: The Boundary Commissions: constitution which began:
- (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 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;
The rejected clause provided for the deputy chairmen of the Boundary Commission for England, and the Boundary Commission for Wales, to each be a be a judge of the High Court appointed by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales rather than judges appointed by the Lord Chancellor. The Lord Chancellor is a member of Cabinet and the Minister for the Ministry of Justice.
The rejected clause also provided for amendments to Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 setting out a mechanism for appointing members of the Boundary Commissions appointed by the Secretary of State.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Amendment sheet containing Lords amendment 1, October 2020, Parliament.uk
-  Clause 1 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill, as introduced to the House of Lords, 15 July 2020, Parliament.uk
-  Wikipedia page on the role of Lord Chancellor, Wikipedia.org
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||345 (+2 tell)||0||0||95.3%|
|Lab||0||191 (+2 tell)||0||96.5%|