Votes – Care Bill

On 14th, 16th and 21st October 2013, a number of bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Care Bill, during its Report Stage.

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

14 October 2013

Labour Peer Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved amendment 63, which sought to create a model deferred payment scheme, to act as a framework for all local authorities.

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, voted ‘content’. The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 202 | Not Contents: 224 | Result: Government Win


16 October 2013

Crossbench Peer Lord Low of Dalston moved amendment 83, proposing to provide the full protection of the Human Rights Act to everyone eligible for care, including those who have to pay for their own care.

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, voted ‘content. No bishop voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 247 | Not Contents: 218 | Result: Government Defeat



Labour Peer Lord Lipsey moved amendment 120, seeking to protect claimants who make mistakes, rather than committing fraud, when applying for benefits.

The Bishop of Leicester voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.

There were: Contents: 198 | Not Contents: 224 | Result: Government Win



21 October 2013

Labour Peer Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved amendment 168B, which sought to delay the introduction of an extension of the scope of the administration process for hospital trusts.

The Bishop of Ripon & Leeds, the Rt Revd John Packer, voted ‘not content’. No bishop voted ‘content’.

There were: Contents: 176 | Not Contents: 242 | Result: Government Win


Lord Hunt also moved amendment 144, which sought to ensure the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has sufficient focus on staffing levels.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, voted ‘not content’. No bishop voted ‘content’.

There were: Contents: 194 | Not Contents: 204 | Result: Government Win