Owen Paterson MP, North Shropshire

voted ambiguously on the policy

Openness and Transparency - In Favour

by scoring 40.2% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectOwen PatersonPolicy vote
Commons7 Dec 1999Freedom of Information Bill — Second Reading minorityMajority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Ministerial orders for exemption absentminority (strong)
Commons4 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Time for compliance with request absentMajority
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Discretionary disclosures absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Delete security services exemption — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Formulation of government policy absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Harm from disclosure must be substantial — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Power to confer additional exemptions by order absentminority (strong)
Commons5 Apr 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Exception from duty to comply with decision notice or enforcement notice absentminority
Commons27 Nov 2000Freedom of Information Bill — Information held for the purpose of investigation absentminority
Commons27 Nov 2000Freedom of Information Bill — New Bodies — National Assembly for Wales absentMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectOwen PatersonPolicy vote
Commons20 Apr 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Keep disclosure for MPs' expenses — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons20 Apr 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt only correspondence — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Continue to disclose MPs' correspondence — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt constituents' letters only — rejected absentminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading absentminority (strong)
Commons3 Jul 2008MPs' allowances — External audits and no more furniture — rejected absentMajority (strong)
Commons2 Mar 2009Political Parties and Elections Bill — Parliamentary candidates can keep their home addresses secret minorityminority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration absentMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectOwen PatersonPolicy vote
Commons18 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Schedule 1 — Process for National vs Local Allocation of Business Rates Majorityminority
Commons7 Feb 2012Opposition Day — Banking — Access to Credit for Businesses — Banking Sector Pay Reform Majorityminority
Commons22 Feb 2012Health and Social Care Bill Risk Register Majorityminority (strong)
Commons25 Apr 2012Civil Aviation Bill — Clause 84 — Requirement for Civil Aviation Authority to Publish Information on Greenhouse Gas Emissions absentminority
Commons17 Jul 2013Publication of NHS Transition Risk Register and Implementation of Key Francis Recommendations absentminority (strong)
Commons3 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Decline Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons3 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Second Reading MajorityMajority (strong)
Commons9 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 1 — Personal Registration of Employed Lobbyists Majorityminority
Commons9 Sep 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 2 — Scope of Register of Lobbyists Majorityminority
Commons9 Oct 2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Third Reading absentMajority (strong)
Commons22 Jan 2014Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 2 — Inclusion of Those Who Lobby Special Advisers In Register of Lobbyists absentminority (strong)
Commons13 May 2014Consumer Rights Bill — New Clause 3 — Access to Data from Service Providers to Inform Consumer Choice absentminority (strong)
Commons30 Jun 2014Opposition Day -Benefits System — Risks — Timeframe for Assessments absentminority (strong)
Commons16 Dec 2014Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill absentMajority (strong)
Commons16 Mar 2015Transport for London Bill — New Clause 1 — Disposal of TfL Assets for Development (Disclosure) absentminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectOwen PatersonPolicy vote
Commons27 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Prisons and Probation — Bring G4S Establishments Under Government Control — Review Rehabilitation Policy — Publish Agreement with Saudi Arabia absentminority
Commons14 Sep 2016Publication of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Consultation Majorityminority (strong)
Commons24 Mar 2017Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill — Clause 1 — Right for All Registered Voters to Inspect Accounting Records of Certain Public Bodies absentminority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectOwen PatersonPolicy vote
Commons6 Dec 2017European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 80 — Transparency of the Financial Settlement — Approval by MPs Majorityminority (strong)
Commons17 Jan 2018European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 6 — Publication of Legal Advice on Varying Notification of Withdrawal from the EU Majorityminority (strong)
Commons7 Mar 2018Draft Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 absentMajority (strong)
Commons1 May 2018Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill — New Clause 8 — Public Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Entities absentminority (strong)
Commons1 May 2018Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill — New Clause 13 — Requirement for Companies House and Others to Identify Beneficial Ownwers of Companies on Formation absentminority (strong)
Commons2 May 2018Lawful Immigration from Commonwealth Countries Prior to 1973 — Windrush — Provision of Papers absentminority (strong)
Commons16 May 2018Publication of Papers relating to the Government's Preferred Customs Arrangements on Withdrawal From the European Union Majorityminority (strong)
Commons23 May 2018NHS Reforms — Provision of Papers to Health and Social Care Committee Majorityminority (strong)
Commons17 Jul 2018Trade Bill — New Clause 3 — Free Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny and Consent Majorityminority (strong)
Commons19 Jul 2018Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards — Publication of Information About Matters Under Investigation absentminority (strong)
Commons17 Oct 2018Universal Credit — Briefing Papers and Analysis Majorityminority (strong)
Commons28 Nov 2018Offensive Weapons Bill — New Clause 6 — Report on the Causes Behind Youth Violence With Offensive Weapons Majorityminority (strong)
Commons4 Dec 2018Contempt — Publication of Legal Advice on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement minorityMajority (strong)
Commons4 Dec 2018Contempt — Publication of Legal Advice on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement minorityMajority (strong)

How the number is calculated

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, no points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, no points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Questions about this formula can be discussed on the forum.

No of votesPointsOut of
Most important votes (50 points)   
MP voted with policy4200200
MP voted against policy120600
MP absent287001400
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy4040
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*5510
Total:9052250

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Lords are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

agreement score
MP's points
total points
 = 
905
2250
 = 40.2 %.


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