Lords voted 157 to 98 not to regret that the gov't was pressing ahead on ID cards etc before a general election.
To clarify, those voting "content" were expressing their approval of the motion, i.e. dissatisfaction with the regulations; those voting "not content" were expressing their disapproval of the motion, and thus their support for the regulations. The Lords therefore voted 157-98 to express their disapproval of the regulations.http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90713-0014.htm#09071338000866
Moved by Baroness Hanham
That this House regrets the Government’s decision to proceed with the draft Identity Cards Act 2006 (Information and Code of Practice on Penalties) Order 2009, the draft Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009, the draft Identity Cards Act 2006 (Fees) Regulations 2009, the draft Identity Cards Act 2006 (Prescribed Information) Regulations 2009 and the draft Identity Cards Act 2006 (Application and Issue of ID Card and Notification of Changes) Regulations 2009 before the case for continued investment in the identity cards project has been put to the British people at a general election. 19th Report from the Merits Committee.
The motion of regret was approved.
Now, what does that mean in practice for the regulations?