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Mr. Speaker: Does the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) wish to press amendment (j)?

Mrs. Lait: I am minded to do so.

Mr. Speaker: I should mention that if her amendment were agreed, I would not be able to put the question on amendment (o). Does the hon. Lady realise that?

Mrs. Lait: I have had no discussions with the mover of amendment (o).

Mr. Soley: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I was not approached by the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait). If I had been, I would certainly have recommended that she did not press her amendment to a vote, because then the other amendments will fall and that is not—I believe—the feeling of the House.

Mr. Speaker: Having heard the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush (Mr. Soley), what is the hon. Lady's intention?

Mrs. Lait: Having heard the hon. Gentleman's comment, I shall not press the amendment, but I hope that its substance will be addressed by the Leader of the House.

Amendments made: (o) to the motion on members' allowances, insurance &c, in paragraph (2)(c), leave out from 'above' to 'these' and insert:

(i) £70,000 in the case of a Member representing a London constituency; and

(ii) £60,000 in the case of any other Member, plus £3,500 in respect of each full-time (or full-time equivalent) staff person employed by that Member whose duties are wholly or mainly required to be performed within Greater London, provided that the aggregate sum payable in respect of any Member shall not exceed £70,000.'.

(d) in paragraph (2)(d), leave out '£14,000' and insert '£18,000'.—[Mr. Soley.]

Amendment proposed: (l), at end of paragraph (f), insert—

'(h) that Members should be consulted on their IT needs and requirements before any contracts are let centrally; that the central purchase of any IT equipment should be subject to public procurement requirements; that a wide range of provision is offered and updated as required by each Member and that Members should have access to more than one IT support service of their own choosing.'.—[Mrs. Lait.]

Question, That the amendment be made, put and negatived.

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Amendment proposed: (e) in paragraph (2), at end insert—

'(2A) The House of Commons Additional Costs Allowance should be increased by the same proportion as that proposed for the House of Lords Overnight Allowance under Recommendation 16 of the Review Body on Senior Salaries Report No. 48.'.—[Mr. Betts.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 229, Noes 117.

Division No. 11
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Adams, Mrs Irene (Paisley N)
Ainsworth, Bob (Cov'try NE)
Alexander, Douglas
Anderson, Janet (Rossendale)
Arbuthnot, Rt Hon James
Atherton, Ms Candy
Atkins, Charlotte
Baldry, Tony
Banks, Tony
Barker, Greg
Barnes, Harry
Barrett, John
Beard, Nigel
Bell, Stuart
Bennett, Andrew
Bercow, John
Best, Harold
Betts, Clive
Blizzard, Bob
Blunt, Crispin
Borrow, David
Boswell, Tim
Bradshaw, Ben
Brake, Tom
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Browning, Mrs Angela
Bruce, Malcolm
Burgon, Colin
Burns, Simon
Burt, Alistair
Butterfill, John
Cairns, David
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V)
Casale, Roger
Cash, William
Caton, Martin
Cawsey, Ian
Challen, Colin
Chapman, Sir Sydney
(Chipping Barnet)
Chaytor, David
Clarke, Rt Hon Tom (Coatbridge)
Clarke, Tony (Northampton S)
Clwyd, Ann
Connarty, Michael
Corbyn, Jeremy
Corston, Jean
Cranston, Ross
Cruddas, Jon
Curry, Rt Hon David
Curtis–Thomas, Mrs Claire
Davey, Edward (Kingston)
Davey, Valerie (Bristol W)
Davies, Quentin (Grantham)
Dismore, Andrew
Dobson, Rt Hon Frank
Doran, Frank
Doughty, Sue
Duncan, Alan
Duncan Smith, Iain
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Etherington, Bill
Ewing, Annabelle
Fabricant, Michael
Fallon, Michael
Farrelly, Paul
Fitzsimons, Mrs Lorna
Flight, Howard
Forth, Rt Hon Eric
Foster, Michael (Worcester)
Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings)
Francois, Mark
Gale, Roger
Galloway, George
Gapes, Mike
Garnier, Edward
George, Andrew (St Ives)
Gibson, Dr Ian
Gilroy, Linda
Griffiths, Jane (Reading E)
Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)
Hall, Patrick (Bedford)
Hamilton, David (Midlothian)
Hamilton, Fabian (Leeds NE)
Harris, Tom (Glasgow Cathcart)
Hayes, John
Henderson, Doug (Newcastle N)
Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)
Hendrick, Mark
Heyes, David
Holmes, Paul
Hood, Jimmy
Hope, Phil
Hopkins, Kelvin
Howarth, Rt Hon Alan (Newport E)
Howarth, George (Knowsley N)
Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)
Hoyle, Lindsay
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)
Humble, Mrs Joan
Iddon, Dr Brian
Illsley, Eric
Jackson, Robert (Wantage)
Jenkin, Bernard
Johnson, Miss Melanie
(Welwyn Hatfield)
Jones, Helen (Warrington N)
Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)
Jones, Kevan (N Durham)
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S)
Joyce, Eric
Keen, Alan (Feltham & Heston)
Kirkbride, Miss Julie
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Ladyman, Dr Stephen
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Lamb, Norman
Laxton, Bob
Levitt, Tom
Lewis, Terry (Worsley)
Lidington, David
Linton, Martin
Lloyd, Tony
Loughton, Tim
Love, Andrew
Luff, Peter
Luke, Iain
Lyons, John
McCabe, Stephen
McCafferty, Chris
McIsaac, Shona
MacKay, Rt Hon Andrew
McKechin, Ann
Maclean, Rt Hon David
McNamara, Kevin
McWilliam, John
Mahmood, Khalid
Mann, John
Marsden, Gordon (Blackpool S)
Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Marshall–Andrews, Robert
Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Merron, Gillian
Moffatt, Laura
Morgan, Julie
Moss, Malcolm
Mudie, George
Munn, Ms Meg
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Oaten, Mark
O'Brien, Bill (Normanton)
O'Hara, Edward
Olner, Bill
O'Neill, Martin
Paice, James
Paterson, Owen
Perham, Linda
Picking, Anne
Pickthall, Colin
Plaskitt, James
Pollard, Kerry
Pope, Greg
Pound, Stephen
Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)
Purchase, Ken
Quinn, Lawrie
Rammell, Bill
Rapson, Syd
Rendel, David
Robathan, Andrew
Robertson, John
(Glasgow Anniesland)
Robertson, Laurence (Tewk'b'ry)
Rooney, Terry
Ross, Ernie
Roy, Frank
Ruane, Chris
Russell, Ms Christine (Chester)
Ryan, Joan
Salmond, Alex
Salter, Martin
Sawford, Phil
Sayeed, Jonathan
Sedgemore, Brian
Selous, Andrew
Sheerman, Barry
Simon, Siôn
Simpson, Alan (Nottingham S)
Smith, Rt Hon Chris (Islington S)
Smith, Geraldine (Morecambe)
Soley, Clive
Spink, Dr Robert
Spring, Richard
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Steen, Anthony
Steinberg, Gerry
Stewart, David (Inverness E)
Stewart, Ian (Eccles)
Syms, Robert
Tami, Mark
Taylor, Rt Hon Ann (Dewsbury)
Taylor, Ms Dari (Stockton S)
Taylor, Ian (Esher & Walton)
Thomas, Gareth (Clwyd W)
Thomas, Simon (Ceredigion)
Tipping, Paddy
Tredinnick, David
Turner, Andrew (Isle of Wight)
Turner, Dennis (Wolverh'ton SE)
Turner, Dr Desmond (Kemptown)
Twigg, Derek (Halton)
Tyrie, Andrew
Vis, Dr Rudi
Walley, Ms Joan
Walter, Robert
Wareing, Robert N
Waterson, Nigel
Watkinson, Angela
White, Brian
Wilkinson, John
Williams, Rt Hon Alan
(Swansea W)
Williams, Mrs Betty (Conwy)
Williams, Hywel (Caernarfon)
Wilshire, David
Winterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton)
Winterton, Nicholas (Macclesfield)
Wishart, Pete
Worthington, Tony
Wright, Anthony D (Gt Yarmouth)
Wright, David (Telford)
Wyatt, Derek

Tellers for the Ayes:

Mr. Andrew Miller and
Mr. Kevin Barron.


Abbott, Ms Diane
Ainger, Nick
Allan, Richard
Armstrong, Rt Hon Ms Hilary
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)
Bailey, Adrian
Baker, Norman
Beckett, Rt Hon Margaret
Begg, Miss Anne
Beggs, Roy
Berry, Roger
Blears, Ms Hazel
Bottomley, Peter (Worthing W)
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin)
Brazier, Julian
Brennan, Kevin
Brooke, Annette
Bryant, Chris
Burnside, David
Cable, Dr Vincent
Calton, Patsy
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge)
Caplin, Ivor
Carmichael, Alistair
Clarke, Charles (Norwich S)
Coaker, Vernon
Cook, Rt Hon Robin (Livingston)
Cooper, Yvette
David, Wayne
Dawson, Hilton
Dhanda, Parmjit
Dodds, Nigel
Drew, David
Drown, Ms Julia
Duncan, Peter
Eagle, Angela (Wallasey)
Eagle, Maria (L'pool Garston)
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Francis, Dr Hywel
Gidley, Sandra
Goodman, Paul
Hancock, Mike
Hanson, David
Harris, Dr Evan (Oxford W)
Havard, Dai
Healey, John
Heath, David
Heathcoat–Amory, Rt Hon David
Hermon, Lady
Hill, Keith
Hoban, Mark
Hodge, Margaret
Hughes, Beverley (Stretford)
Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)
Keeble, Ms Sally
Kelly, Ruth
Kemp, Fraser
Khabra, Piara S
Kidney, David
King, Andy (Rugby & Kenilworth)
Knight, Jim (S Dorset)
Lazarowicz, Mark
Lepper, David
Letwin, Oliver
Lewis, Ivan (Bury S)
McAvoy, Thomas
McGuire, Mrs Anne
McKenna, Rosemary
Mallaber, Judy
Marsden, Paul (Shrewsbury)
Martlew, Eric
Meacher, Rt Hon Michael
Mullin, Chris
Murphy, Jim (Eastwood)
O'Brien, Mike (N Warks)
Öpik, Lembit
Osborne, Sandra (Ayr)
Palmer, Dr Nick
Pearson, Ian
Pond, Chris
Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)
Prosser, Gwyn
Randall, John
Robertson, Angus (Moray)
Robertson, Hugh (Faversham)
Robinson, Iris (Strangford)
Robinson, Peter (Belfast E)
Russell, Bob (Colchester)
Shaw, Jonathan
Short, Rt Hon Clare
Skinner, Dennis
Smith, Angela (Basildon)
Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)
Smith, Sir Robert (W Ab'd'ns)
Stinchcombe, Paul
Stoate, Dr Howard
Straw, Rt Hon Jack
Stuart, Ms Gisela
Stunell, Andrew
Sutcliffe, Gerry
Swayne, Desmond
Taylor, Dr Richard (Wyre F)
Thurso, John
Timms, Stephen
Todd, Mark
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Twigg, Stephen (Enfield)
Tyler, Paul
Tynan, Bill
Ward, Ms Claire
Watts, David
Webb, Steve
Weir, Michael
Willis, Phil
Winterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Woolas, Phil
Young, Rt Hon Sir George

Tellers for the Noes:

Mr. John Heppell and
Mr. Graham Stringer.

Question accordingly agreed to.

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Main Question, as amended, agreed to,

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