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New Clause 31 — New Benefits

Scotland Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 30th June 2015.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 35
    A majority of MPs voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to create new state benefits in Scotland.

In Section F1 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998, in the Exceptions, after exception 8 (see section 23 above) insert—

“Exception 9

A benefit not in existence at the relevant date provided entitlement to or the purpose of the benefit is different from entitlement to or the purpose of any benefit that is—

(a) in existence at the relevant date,

(b) payable by or on behalf of a Minister of the Crown, and

(c) otherwise a reserved benefit.

For the purpose of this exception—

“the relevant date” means the date of introduction into Parliament of the Bill that becomes the Scotland Act 2015;

“reserved benefit” means a benefit which is to any extent a reserved matter.”

This New Clause broadens the circumstances under which the Scottish Parliament can create new benefits, as recommended by the Smith Commission.

(Ian Murray.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided:

Ayes 258, Noes 317.

Division number 35 Scotland Bill — New Clause 31 — Ability of Scottish Parliament to Create New Benefits

A majority of MPs voted against giving the Scottish Parliament the ability to create new state benefits in Scotland.

Aye: 258 MPs

No: 317 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 71 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.