Divisions – Housing and Planning Bill

On 4th May 2016 a number of votes took place on the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, as the House of Lords considered amendments made in the House of Commons. Bishops took part in the following Divisions of the House:

Lord Kerslake moved Motion B1, as an amendment to Motion B, at end to insert “, and do propose Amendment 10B as an amendment to Amendment 10A: 10B Line 10, at end insert: “( ) If a local authority so wishes, and can demonstrate a need for other kinds of low cost home ownership in its area, the authority may meet part or all of the starter homes requirement through the delivery of alternative forms of affordable home ownership.”” The House divided:

Contents: 272 | Not Contents: 212 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Peterborough voted Content


Lord Kerslake moved amendment D1, as an amendment to Motion D, at end to insert “, and do propose Amendments 47B and 47C in lieu: 47B Page 31, line 35, at end insert: “( ) If a local housing authority so wishes, and the Secretary of State agrees, the Secretary of State shall enter into an agreement with that authority whereby it shall retain such part of the payment referred to in section 67(1) as may be required to fund the provision of a new affordable home.” 47C Page 32, line 2, at end insert: “( ) If a local housing authority can demonstrate to the Secretary of State, whether by reference to its local housing plan or otherwise, that there is a particular need in its area for social housing, the authority shall retain such part of the payment referred to in section 67(1) as may be required to fund the provision of a new dwelling to be let as social housing on terms (as to tenure, rent or otherwise) which are similar to those on which the old dwelling was let.”” The House divided:

Contents: 275 | Not Contents: 219 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Peterborough voted Not Content.


Baroness Parminter moved amendment J1, as an amendment to Motion J, to leave out from “97” to end and insert “, do disagree with the Commons in their Amendment 97A, and do propose Amendment 97B in lieu: After Clause 128 97B Insert the following new Clause: Neighbourhood right of appeal. The House divided:

Contents: 248 | Not Contents: 214 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Peterborough voted Not Content.


Baroness Parminter moved amendment K1, as an amendment to Motion K, to leave out from “House” to end and insert “do insist on its Amendment 108”. The House divided:

Contents: 237 | Not Contents: 203 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Peterborough voted Not Content.


Baroness Parminter moved, as an amendment to Motion M, to leave out from “House” to end and insert “do insist on its Amendment 110”. The House divided:

Contents: 223 | Not Contents: 199 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Peterborough and Chester  voted Not Content.