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135

 

House of Commons

 
 

Monday 25 June 2012

 

Committee of the whole House

 

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the House

 

[23 May 2012].

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

10

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(5D)    

In all forms of sheltered accommodation the person with responsibility for

 

managing an individual premises must provide a list on an annual basis of

 

individual residents to the local authority officer.

 

(5E)    

The local authority officer must write individually to all residents whose names

 

have been provided on such lists.’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

11

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(5F)    

All private landlords must provide the relevant local authority on an annual basis

 

with a list of all individuals to whom they rent residential accommodation. The

 

local authority officer must write individually to all residents whose names have

 

been provided on such lists.’.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

22

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  leave out line 27.


 
 

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Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

24

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

If the Minister considers it appropriate to proceed with the making of an order

 

under subsection (2), the Minister must lay before Parliament—

 

(a)    

a draft of the order, and

 

(b)    

an explanatory document explaining the proposals.

 

(2B)    

Sections 15 to 19 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (choosing

 

between negative, affirmative and super-affirmative parliamentary procedure)

 

are to apply in relation to an explanatory document and draft order laid under

 

subsection (2) but as if references to section 14 of that Act were references to

 

subsection (2).’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

23

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  leave out lines 28 and 29.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

25

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  32,  after ‘section’, insert ‘with the exception of an order

 

made under subsection (2)’.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

27

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  7,  leave out ‘give a copy of the report to the Minister’ and

 

insert ‘lay a copy of the report before Parliament’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

28

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  9,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The report must be laid before Parliament no sooner than three months beginning

 

with the day on which the Commission is consulted, and no later than five months

 

beginning with that same day.’.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

29

 

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Minister may only make a pilot scheme once written approval from the

 

Electoral Commission has been received.


 
 

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(3B)    

Any such written approval must be published by the Minister.’.

 


 

Dr Matthew Offord

 

32

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  29,  at end add—

 

‘(7)    

An order under this section may require registration officers to record at the point

 

of registration—

 

(a)    

a voter’s access needs in relation to any document which is required or

 

authorised to be given to voters or displayed in any place for either

 

registration or election, and

 

(b)    

a voter’s access requirements to the polling station.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow for pilots which could assist disabled people both to register to vote

 

and to cast their vote. It would achieve this by allowing electoral registration officers to establish

 

the level of demand for (a) documents in alternative formats and (b) additional accessibility

 

meaures at polling stations. It is estimated that there are approximately 15,000 disabled potential

 

voters per Parliamentary constituency.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

12

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A local authority must include a statement about the importance of electoral

 

registration in its annual communication with residents relating to the payment of

 

council tax.’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

13

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(1B)    

There will be a duty on local authorities to ensure that individuals are invited to

 

register when those individuals move into the area of the local authority and

 

register for council tax purposes.’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Paul Flynn

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Stephen Williams

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

33

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  12,  after ‘penalty’, insert ‘of £500’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that the fine for failing to comply with a requirement to make an

 

application to be on the electoral register would be set at £500.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 25 June 2012              

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Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

14

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

The civil penalty shall be £100.’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

16

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(9)    

Regulations under subsection (2) must require registration officers to include on

 

electoral registration forms a clear explanation that the electoral register is used

 

for other civic purposes.

 

(10)    

There should also be a clear explanation that the electoral register is used for

 

assessing an individual’s credit worthiness and ability to sustain mortgage

 

repayments.’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Paul Flynn

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Stephen Williams

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

34

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(9)    

Regulations under subsection (2) must require registration officers to include on

 

invitations given under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

a clear statement to the effect that the edited electoral register is available

 

for general sale and is used by organisations for commercial activities, as

 

well as for other civic purposes; and

 

(b)    

clear instructions on how to opt out of the edited electoral register.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is intended to ensure that it is clear to people who are invited to apply for

 

registration that the edited register may be sold, and to ensure that people know how to opt out of

 

the edited register.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

17

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  16,  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

Government departments with responsibility for welfare payments, pensions,

 

driving licences, revenue collection, National Insurance and passport applications

 

must inform all individuals who apply for these benefits or services of their

 

possible entitlement to join the electoral register.’.

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 25 June 2012              

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Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

15

 

Schedule  3,  page  19,  leave out lines 9 and 10.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

21

 

Schedule  5,  page  27,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

The Government shall report to Parliament annually within two months of the end

 

of the financial year on what money had been made available to local authorities

 

to meet costs of transition to the new register and what safeguards have been put

 

in place to make sure the money has been spent on the specified task.’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

20

 

Schedule  5,  page  27,  line  44,  leave out ‘second’ and insert ‘third’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

18

 

Schedule  5,  page  31,  line  6,  leave out ‘first’ and insert ‘second’.

 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

19

 

Schedule  5,  page  31,  line  19,  leave out ‘first’ and insert ‘second’.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

26

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  34,  at end insert ‘, with the exception of an order made

 

under section 6(2)’.

 


 

Remaining NEW CLAUSES

 

Personation

 

John Hemming

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘In section 60 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (Personation) after

 

subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce regulations by statutory instrument

 

to facilitate actions by electoral registration officers, their agents and

 

others, including candidates and their agents in elections, to—

 

(a)    

prevent, and

 

(b)    

detect personation.”.’.

 


 

Other voting offences

 

John Hemming

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 61 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (Other voting

 

offences) after subsection (6) insert—

 

“(6AA)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce regulations by statutory

 

instruments to facilitate actions by electoral registration officers, their

 

agents and others, including candidates and their agents in elections, to—

 

(a)    

prevent, and

 

(b)    

detect the offences listed in subsections (1) to (6).”.’.

 


 

Representation of the People Act 1985 (Amendment)

 

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

 

Tony Baldry

 

Mr Gary Streeter

 

Mr Robert Buckland

 

Mr Robert Walter

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

Nick de Bois

 

Sir Roger Gale

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Representation of the People Act 1985 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 1 (Extension of parliamentary franchise) omit subsections (3)(c) and

 

(4)(a).

 

(3)    

In section 3 (Extension of franchise for European Parliamentary elections) omit

 

subsections (3)(c) and (4)(a).’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Currently, British citizens can qualify as overseas electors only if they have been resident in the

 

United Kingdom within the previous 15 years. This also applies to Members of the House of Lords

 

for European Parliamentary elections. This amendment would remove this qualifying period, so

 

that British citizens could qualify as overseas electors even if they had ceased to be resident in the


 
 

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Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, continued

 
 

United Kingdom more than 15 years before.

 


 

Voting procedure

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Meg Munn

 

Mr David Blunkett

 

Bob Blackman

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Meg Hillier

 

Nick de Bois

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Nic Dakin

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Schedule 1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2) (parliamentary

 

elections rules) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In rule 37 (voting procedure) after paragraph (6) insert—

 

“(7)    

A voter who is in the polling station or in a queue outside the polling

 

station for the purpose of voting at the time specified for the close of the

 

poll shall be entitled to apply for a ballot paper under paragraph 1 above

 

and a ballot paper shall be delivered and the voter entitled to vote in

 

accordance with this rule.”.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Currently, voters who are in a queue at a polling station at 10 pm but who have not yet been issued

 

with their ballot paper are unable to cast their vote. This amendment would allow for ballot papers

 

to be issued to any registered voter who is in the polling station or in a queue outside the polling

 

station at 10 pm, in order that they may then cast their vote.

 


 

Mr Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

30

 

Clause  25,  page  14,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before making an order under subsection 1, the Secretary of State must seek the

 

views of the Electoral Commission as to whether the establishment of an electoral

 

register made up solely of electors who have registered individually would help

 

or hinder the achievement of the registration objectives.

 

(1B)    

For these purposes the registration objectives are to secure, so far as is reasonably

 

practicable—

 

(a)    

that persons who are entitled to be registered in a register are registered

 

in it,

 

(b)    

that persons who are not entitled to be registered in a register are not

 

registered in it, and

 

(c)    

that none of the information relating to a registered person that appears

 

in a register or other record kept by a registration officer is false.


 
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