Clause 2 — Entitlement to vote in the referendum

Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 29th November 2013.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 143
    A majority of MPs voted against allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU
  • Division number 144
    A majority of MPs voted against allowing residents of all British Overseas Territories to vote in a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU

Amendment made: 42, page 1, line 18, leave out ‘and’.—(James Wharton.)

Amendment proposed: 44, page 1, line 20, at end insert—

‘(2) Persons aged 16 or 17 on the date of the referendum shall be entitled to vote if they would, save for their age, be otherwise entitled to vote under any of the categories set out in subsection (1) above.’.—(Mike Gapes.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House proceeded to a Division.

Ayes 29, Noes 235.

Division number 143 European Union (Referendum) Bill — Clause 2 — Votes for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Referendum on UK's Membership of the EU

A majority of MPs voted against allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU

Aye: 29 MPs

No: 235 MPs

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 382 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons, Speaker of the House of Commons

Before I call Mike Gapes to move formally amendment 51, may I say that I hope he will be successful in persuading his colleagues to vote and come out of the Lobby in a timely manner? If his efforts are unsuccessful, that might prejudice the judgment of the Chair in relation to future votes.

Amendment proposed: 51, page 1, line 20, at end insert—

‘(c) residents of all British Overseas Territories.’.—(Mike Gapes.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 5, Noes 233.

Division number 144 European Union (Referendum) Bill — Clause 2 — Entitlement of British Overseas Territories Residents to Vote in the Referendum

A majority of MPs voted against allowing residents of all British Overseas Territories to vote in a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU

Aye: 5 MPs

No: 233 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 408 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment made: 80, page 1, line 20, at end insert

‘and

‘( ) Commonwealth citizens who, on the date of the referendum, would be entitled to vote in Gibraltar as electors at a European Parliamentary election in the combined electoral region in which Gibraltar is comprised.’.—(James Wharton.)

Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. You may be aware that there was extensive media coverage last night and this morning of the fact that the Government, after claiming for several weeks that an energy price freeze was not possible, are asking companies to freeze their prices. [Interruption.]

Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

Have you, Madam Deputy Speaker, been given any indication of whether an Energy Minister—I note that the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Gregory Barker, has just taken part in Divisions—intends to make a statement to the House this morning to confirm, deny, clarify, or muddle this latest shambles of an energy policy?

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker (First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means), First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

The hon. Gentleman knows that that is not a point of order. He has made his point. If he had wished to put an urgent question before the House, that could have been considered. Perhaps he will think of that next time he wishes to raise a matter in the Chamber.