On 24th July 2013, two bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Local Audit and Accountability Bill, during its Report Stage.
Labour Peer Lord Wills moved amendment 1, which would allow auditors to access documents from significant private contractors that a local authority has used.
The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd David Urquhart and the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were Contents: 172 | Not Contents: 191 | Result: Government Win
Lord Wills also moved amendment 2, proposing that audit information should be covered under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Bishop of Chester voted ‘content’. The Bishop of Birmingham voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 172 | Not Contents: 192 | Result: Government Win