Clause 5 — Statement to be laid before Parliament

European Union Bill (Programme)(No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 10:14 pm on 24th January 2011.

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  • Division number 180
    A majority of MPs voted for a Minister, rather than Parliament, to decide if a European Union decision involves a transfer of power or competence to the EU and so is significant enough to require a both a referendum and an Act of Parliament.

Amendment made: 56, page 4, line 24, at end insert-

'( ) In relation to an Article 48(6) decision adopted by the European Council before the day on which this section comes into force ("the commencement date"), the condition in section 3(1)(a) is to be taken to be complied with if a statement under this section is laid before Parliament before the end of the 2 months beginning with the commencement date.'.- (Mr Lidington.)

Amendment proposed: 11, page 4, line 24, at end add-

'(6) If the Minister's opinion is that the effect of that provision in relation to the United Kingdom is not significant the Minister must seek Parliamentary approval for his opinion.

(7) Parliamentary approval is given if-

(a) in each House of Parliament a Minister of the Crown moves a motion that the House approves of the Minister's opinion; and

(b) each House agrees to the motion without amendment.

(8) If the Minister fails to obtain Parliamentary approval for his opinion the significance condition is not met.'.- (Mr Clappison .)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided: Ayes 239, Noes 310.

Division number 180 European Union Bill — Clause 5 — Statement to be laid before Parliament

A majority of MPs voted for a Minister, rather than Parliament, to decide if a European Union decision involves a transfer of power or competence to the EU and so is significant enough to require a both a referendum and an Act of Parliament.

Aye: 239 MPs

No: 310 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 97 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 5, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair (Programme Order, 7 December ).

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair .

Progress reported; Committee to sit again tomorrow.