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That's the case for a number of Bills that have reached royal assent.

Take for example the Identity Documents Bill:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/...ts/stages.html

Look at the third reading part on Hansard, where is the division?

If there is no division, can it be assumed that all MPs would have voted with the government?

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The exact wording at the bottom of Hansard is:

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(Original post by e-lover)
That's the case for a number of Bills that have reached royal assent.

Take for example the Identity Documents Bill:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/...ts/stages.html

Look at the third reading part on Hansard, where is the division?

If there is no division, can it be assumed that all MPs would have voted with the government?

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The explanation is in the speech of Keith Vaz. Not all Labour MPs supported the bill but none was prepared to oppose it.

I also pay tribute to the Minister. Anyone who has followed Home Office debates over the past few years since he has been on the Front Bench will have noted the enthusiasm, delight and intellectual vigour that he put into the campaign against identity cards. I am sure it gives him great satisfaction to be here to read the last rites of the identity cards and to do so very modestly. I suppose that when faced with the Liberal Democrats, the Conservative party, the Scottish National party, Justice and Liberty-a very odd combination-it is probably right that the official Opposition have, in a sense, thrown in the towel. The shadow Minister accepted that there was no appetite among Labour Members to oppose the Bill on Second Reading and she tabled some carefully thought-out amendments, but the Government, with their majority and with this Bill as a central part of their Home Office agenda, have got their Bill through, after only 12 weeks.
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