Votes: Children and Social Work Bill

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House of Lords Division Lobby

House of Lords Division Lobby

On 8th November 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Children and Social Work Bill at its Report Stage. Bishops took part in two votes on amendments to the Bill: one from Crossbench Peer Lord Ramsbotham to remove Clause 29 pertaining to the disclosure and publication of information and one from Labour’s Lord Watson of Invergowrie on behalf of Lord Dubs, pertaining to safeguarding unaccompanied refugee children. Lord Watson wished to remove the amendment after the Government pledged to make provision via other means, though some peers opposed the withdrawal, and the House divided. See here also.

Lord Ramsbotham moved amendment 57, to leave out clause 29. The House divided:

Contents: 245 | Not Contents: 213 | Result: Government Defeat
The Bishops of Leeds and Salisbury voted Content, and the Bishop of Chester voted Not Content.

Lord Watson of Invergowrie moved amendment 70, after clause 33, to insert the new clause Safeguarding unaccompanied refugee children. The House divided:

Contents: 68 | Not Contents: 203 | Result: Government Win
The Bishop of Leeds voted Not Content