Simon Burns MP, West Chelmsford

voted ambiguously on the policy

Openness and Transparency - In Favour

by scoring 42.3% compared to the votes below

Why Majority/minority instead of Aye/No?
HouseDateSubjectSimon BurnsPolicy 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 minorityminority (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 minorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectSimon BurnsPolicy 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 Majorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Exempt constituents' letters only — rejected Majorityminority (strong)
Commons18 May 2007Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading Majorityminority (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 absentminority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' financial interests — Full and complete registration absentMajority (strong)
Commons30 Apr 2009MPs' expenses — No lower limit for declaration MajorityMajority (strong)
HouseDateSubjectSimon BurnsPolicy vote
Commons18 Jan 2012Local Government Finance Bill — Schedule 1 — Process for National vs Local Allocation of Business Rates absentminority
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 MajorityMajority (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 Majorityminority (strong)
Commons13 May 2014Consumer Rights Bill — New Clause 3 — Access to Data from Service Providers to Inform Consumer Choice Majorityminority (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)
HouseDateSubjectSimon BurnsPolicy vote
Commons27 Jan 2016Opposition Day — Prisons and Probation — Bring G4S Establishments Under Government Control — Review Rehabilitation Policy — Publish Agreement with Saudi Arabia Majorityminority
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)

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 policy5250250
MP voted against policy90450
MP absent16400800
Less important votes (10 points)   
MP voted with policy000
MP voted against policy4040
Less important absentees (2 points)   
MP absent*5510
Total:6551550

*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
 = 
655
1550
 = 42.3 %.


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