Public Health — 30 Nov 2021 at 15:41

That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 1340), dated 29 November, a copy of which was laid before this House on 29 November, be approved.
That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 1338), dated 29 November, a copy of which was laid before this House on 29 November, be approved.
“when we don’t particularly need to”.
“is suspected of, or confirmed as, having an Omicron variant”,
“NHS Test and Trace to notify an individual that they are a close contact”.
“Evidence demonstrates that face coverings are effective, when worn correctly, at reducing virus transmission.”
“the requirements imposed by these Regulations are proportionate to what they seek to achieve, which is a public health response to the threat.”
“people do not need to show proof of this reasonable excuse”
“For the purposes of regulations 3(1) and 4(1), the circumstances in which a person (“P”) has a reasonable excuse include”-
“those where P cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability…or without severe distress”.
“Nobody who has a reasonable excuse and is therefore not wearing a face covering should be prevented from visiting any setting because of the requirements in these Regulations. Furthermore, people do not need to show proof of this reasonable excuse under the Regulations.”
“The Department has also included a range of exemptions to ensure that this policy does not unfairly discriminate against those with protected characteristics. Furthermore, the policy will be supported by a communications campaign that will make clear that some people are exempt from these regulations and people should be challenged by members of the public for not wearing a face covering.”
“Maggie Throup, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State”-
“can confirm that this Explanatory Memorandum meets the required standard.”
“we will not keep measures in place for a day longer than necessary.”-[Official Report, 29 November 2021; Vol. 704, c. 679.]
“We looked at the”
“model and we could see that the variables that were put into the model were quite extreme...Why did you choose the variables that gave extreme results?
“Unfortunately, we have a Sage committee advising a government that is devoid of any scientific expertise, on speculative concepts such as the R number”-
“and the need for everyone to stay indoors, even though the evidence strongly suggests that people are less likely to catch Covid-19 outside.”
“major assumptions and estimates that are built in the calculations seem to be substantially inflated”.
“I don’t care that the prediction is wrong, I’m sure this stuff is hard to predict. It’s that he’s consistently so overconfident.”
“Expect even top forecasters to make lots of mistakes…When smart forecasters are consistently over-confident, start suspecting”
“publicity or policy-advocacy games”.
“Furthermore, the policy will be supported by a communications campaign that will make clear that some people are exempt from these regulations and people should not be challenged by members of the public for not wearing the face regulation.”

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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 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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con268 (+2 tell) 20 (+2 tell)081.1%
DUP2 3062.5%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent1 0016.7%
Lab156 0078.4%
LDem6 0050.0%
Total:434 23078.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs 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 MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Steven BakerWycombeConno
Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestCon (front bench)no
Andrew BridgenNorth West LeicestershireConno
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)no
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
Jackie Doyle-PriceThurrockCon (front bench)no
Richard DraxSouth DorsetCon (front bench)no
Mark FrancoisRayleigh and WickfordCon (front bench)no
Chris GreenBolton WestConno
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)tellno
Mark JenkinsonWorkingtonCon (front bench)no
Pauline LathamMid DerbyshireCon (front bench)no
Andrew LewerNorthampton SouthCon (front bench)no
Craig MackinlaySouth ThanetCon (front bench)tellno
Karl McCartneyLincolnCon (front bench)no
Esther McVeyTattonCon (front bench)no
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleCon (front bench)no
Greg SmithBuckinghamCon (front bench)no
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)no
Robert SymsPooleCon (front bench)no
Charles WalkerBroxbourneCon (front bench)no
William WraggHazel GroveCon (front bench)no
Gregory CampbellEast LondonderryDUP (front bench)aye
Jim ShannonStrangfordDUP (front bench)aye

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