Divisions – Psychoactive Substances Bill

On 14th July 2015, three bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill.

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

The Bishop of Bristol voted ‘Not Content’ to Lord Paddick’s amendment to Clause 2 of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

Division 1 on Amendment 5

Lord Paddick moved amendment 5, in clause 2, page 1, line 15, to leave out paragraph (a) and insert: “(a) in the opinion of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is capable of producing a psychoactive effect in a person who consumes it, and (aa) is, or appears to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs likely to be, misused and of which the misuse is having, or appears to them capable of having, harmful effects sufficient to constitute a social problem, and” The House divided:

Contents: 95 | Not Contents: 314 | Result: Government Win

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The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops of Bristol and Norwich all voted ‘Not Content’ to Lord Rosser’s amendment to Clause 6 of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

Division 2 on Amendment 17

Lord Rosser moved amendment 17, in clause 6, page 3, line 20, to leave out “or B” and insert “, B or C”.

Contents: 177 | Not Contents: 139 | Result: Government Defeat

(via Parliament.UK)