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Parliament Acts: Use since 1949

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): Since 1949, the Parliament Acts have been used to enact the War Crimes Act 1991, the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, and the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000.

Government Defeats in the House of Lords

Lord Lipsey asked the Leader of the House:

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Baroness Jay of Paddington: As much as possible of the information requested is set out in the table below. The table has been prepared by the House of Lords Information Office.

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Divisions in the House of Lords since 1970-71

Divisions
Government victories Government defeats Other divisions
SessionNumberAs a percentage of the totalNumberAs a percentage of the totalNumberAs a percentage of the totalTotal number of divisions
Conservative Government
*1970-71?4?2%??196
1971-72?53%?171
1972-73?1318%?73
**1973-74?421%?19
Labour Government
**1974???17
Labour Government
1974-75???119
1975-76118%12686%96%146
1976-771124%2556%920%45
1977-781617%7881%22%96
1978-79524%1152%524%21
Conservative Government
*1979-8028092%155%83%303
1980-8115383%1810%137%184
1981-8212685½%74½%149½%147
**1982-837989%55½%55½%89
Conservative Government
*1983-8420286%209%125%234
1984-8511782%1712%86%142
1985-8621588%229%83%245
**1986-877595%34%11%79
Conservative Government
*1987-8825491%176%83%279
1988-8917392%126%42%189
1989-9016086%2011%63%186
1990-918784%1716%00%104
**1991-927388%67%45%83
Conservative Government
*1992-9314085%1911½%63½%165
1993-949973%1612%2115%136
1994-959488½%76½%55%106
1995-969789%109%22%109
**1996-975582%1015%23%67
Labour Government
*1997-9813475%3922%63%179
1998-996161.6%3131.3%77.1%99
1999-0014776.6%3618.7%94.7%192

Notes:

Divisions where insufficient tellers were appointed are not included but divisions which resulted in an equality of votes are included.

Data are incomplete prior to Session 1975-76 and data followed by a question mark (?) are either unavailable at present or have not been verified. From Session 1975-76 onwards divisions where there was not a quorum have been omitted from this table (e.g. Session 1985-86 there were a total of 250 divisions and five of these had no quorum).

*** A government victory is defined as one where the tellers on the winning side are government whips. "Other" divisions include those without a quorum and unwhipped divisions.

** This Session was shorter than usual: it was terminated by a general election.

* This Session was longer than usual: it followed a general election and was about 18 months long (as opposed to the normal Session of one year running from November to November ).

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