Nationality and Borders Bill — Schedule 6 — Maritime Enforcement — Use of Powers to Endanger Life at Sea — 7 Dec 2021 at 19:00

The majority of MPs voted against explicitly requiring immigration and enforcement officers to avoid using their powers in a way that could endanger life at sea.

MPs were considering the Nationality and Borders Bill.[1][2][3]

The amendment rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • Amendment 98, page 98, line 20, at end insert—
  • ‘(1A) The powers set out in this Part of this Schedule must not be used in a manner or in circumstances that could endanger life at sea.”

The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:

  • This would give effect to the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Human Rights to ensure the maritime enforcement powers cannot be used in a manner that would endanger lives at sea

Had it not been rejected the amendment would have added the proposed additional paragraph to Schedule 6 of the Bill which provided for amendments to Part 3A of the Immigration Act 1971. The element which would have been impacted by the rejected amendment sets out the powers exercisable by immigration officers and enforcement officers in relation to ships[2][3].

Context note: This vote followed the then Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP (Witham, Conservative) stating, in the House of Commons, on 25 November 2021[4]:

  • I have already approved maritime tactics, including boat turnarounds, for Border Force to deploy.


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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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alba0 20100.0%
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con306 (+2 tell) 2085.6%
DUP0 7087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 40100.0%
Lab0 165 (+2 tell)083.9%
LDem0 7058.3%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 40088.9%
Total:307 234085.2%

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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Simon HoareNorth DorsetConaye
Caroline NokesRomsey and Southampton NorthConaye

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