Schedule 22 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 9th January 2008.

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Amendment proposed: No. 231, in page 234, line 4, at end insert—

'(2A) After subsection (1) insert—

"(1A) When considering whether to consent to a prosecution under subsection (1) the Attorney General must have particular regard to the importance of the right to freedom of expression provided by the European Convention on Human Rights."'.— [Mr. Heath.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 64, Noes 316.

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Division number 41 Orders of the Day — Schedule 22 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Aye: 63 MPs

No: 315 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: No. 1, page 234, line 26, schedule 22, at end insert—

'13A After section 29J insert—

"29JA Protection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation)

Nothing in this Part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion of, criticism of or expressions of antipathy towards, conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct related to that orientation.".'.— [Jim Dobbin.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 169, Noes 338.

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Division number 42 Orders of the Day — Schedule 22 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Aye: 169 MPs

No: 338 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.