National Security and Investment Bill — New Clause 7 — Reports to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament — 20 Jan 2021 at 17:00
The majority of MPs voted against requiring reports to Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee on the operation of the law enabling the Government to intervene in corporate acquisitions, mergers or investments deemed to risk national security.
The proposed new clause rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was titled: Reports to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament and stated:
- (1) The Secretary of State must, in relation to each relevant period—
- (a) prepare a report in accordance with this section, and
- (b) provide a copy of it to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament as soon as is practicable after the end of that period.
- (2) Each report must provide, in respect of mandatory and voluntary notifications, call-in notices, and final orders made under this Act, details of—
- (a) the jurisdiction of the acquirer and its incorporation;
- (b) the number of state-owned entities and details of states of such entities;
- (c) the nature of national security risks posed in transactions for which there were final orders;
- (d) details of particular technological or sectoral expertise that were being targeted; and
- (e) any other information the Secretary of State may deem instructive on the nature of national security threats uncovered through review undertaken under this Act.
The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:
- This new clause would require the Government to publish an ‘Annual Security Report’ to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
-  Parliament's webpage on the National Security and Investment Bill , Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the National Security and Investment Bill , 11 November 2020, 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||356 (+2 tell)||1||0||98.4%|
|Lab||0||196 (+2 tell)||0||99.0%|
|Julian Lewis||New Forest East||whilst Con||aye|