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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 22 January 2013

 

Committee of the whole House

 

Succession to the Crown Bill


 

Paul Flynn

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  2,  leave out ‘born after 28 October 2011’ and insert

 

‘whenever born’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  at end add—

 

‘(2)    

In determining the succession to the Crown, the rule of primogeniture shall apply

 

equally to females and males.’.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

15

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  7,  at end insert ‘or as a result of being a descendant of such a

 

marriage who professes the Roman Catholic faith.’.

 

Ian Paisley

 

16

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  7,  at end insert ‘provided that person remains in communion

 

with the Church of England in accordance with section 3 of the Act of Settlement.’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

4

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  9,  after ‘person’, insert ‘who married a person of the Roman

 

Catholic faith’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

5

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  10,  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

The children of such a marriage shall not be disqualified from succeeding to the

 

Crown by virtue of being of the Roman Catholic faith.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 22 January 2013            

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Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

6

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  10,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

In the event of a person of the Roman Catholic faith succeeding to the Crown by

 

virtue of subsection (3), the title of Defender of the Faith and the function of

 

Supreme Governor of the Church of England shall pass to a regent qualifying

 

with the provisions of section 3 of the Regency Act 1937.’.

 


 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

2

 

Clause  3,  page  1,  line  20,  after ‘descendants’ insert ‘from the marriage’.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Holding of referendum

 

Paul Flynn

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A referendum shall be held on the question whether on the next demise of the

 

Crown (whether by death or abdication) any person should succeed Her Majesty

 

Queen Elizabeth the Second as Sovereign and Head of State of the United

 

Kingdom.

 

(2)    

A referendum shall be held at the same time as that to be held under subsection

 

(1) above on the question as to how any future head of state of the United

 

Kingdom should be elected in the event of Parliament determining that no person

 

shall succeed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

 

(3)    

The questions to be asked in the referendums shall be in the form set out in the

 

Schedule to this Act.’.

 


 

Those entitled to vote in referendum

 

Paul Flynn

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Those entitled to vote in the referendum shall be—

 

(a)    

the persons who, at the date of the referendum, would be entitled to vote

 

as electors at a parliamentary election in any constituency; and


 
 

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(b)    

peers who, at the date of the referendum, would be entitled to vote as

 

electors at a local government election in any area.’.

 


 

Civil partnership

 

Paul Flynn

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In the event of the heir to the throne contracting a civil partnership any progeny

 

of that partnership by adoption or artificial insemination should qualify to inherit

 

the throne.’.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

7

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  11,  leave out paragraph 2 and insert ‘Omit the lines beginning

 

with “And whereas it hath beene found” and ending with “naturally dead”.’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

20

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

            

‘In section 1 of the Bill of Rights—

 

( )    

after “jurisdiction within the same”, insert “except if the Popish

 

Religion is inherited from a parent who has married an heir to the

 

throne”.

 

( )    

After “naturally dead”, insert “except as above”.’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

17

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In the preamble, after “jurisdiction within the same”, insert “except if the Popish

 

Religion is inherited from a parent who has married an heir to the throne”.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

8

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  leave out sub-paragraph (a) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

in the preamble, omit the words beginning with “And it was thereby

 

further enacted” and ending with “naturally dead.”.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 22 January 2013            

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Succession to the Crown Bill, continued

 
 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

9

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in the preamble, leave out the words beginning with “and particularly

 

recommending” and ending with “our religion.”.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

10

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in the preamble, leave out the words beginning with “for a further” and

 

ending with “protestant line”.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

11

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in section 1, omit the words “and the heirs to her body, being protestants”

 

wherever they occur.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

12

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in section 2 omit the first sentence.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

13

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in section 2, leave out the words beginning with “and is are or shall be

 

reconciled” and ending with “popish religion.”.’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

18

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In section 2, after “profess the popish religion”, insert “unless as a result of

 

inheriting the said religion from a parent who has married an heir to the throne”.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Katy Clark

 

14

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in section 3 leave out the words beginning with “That whosoever” and

 

ending with “as by law established.”.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 22 January 2013            

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Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

19

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In section 3, after “by law established”, insert “or the duties of Supreme Governor

 

of the Church of England and title Defender of the Faith shall pass to a regent

 

under the Regency Act 1937”.’.

 


 

New Schedule

 

Paul Flynn

 

ns1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Form of Ballot Paper

 

            

 Parliament has voted to hold referendums simultaneously on the questions of

 

whether—

 

(a)    

any person should succeed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as Sovereign

 

and Head of State; and

 

(b)    

whether, in the event of Parliament deciding to end the role of the

 

Crown as Head of State of the United Kingdom, future heads of state

 

should be elected by Members of both Houses of Parliament or by

 

popular vote.

 

            

 You may choose to answer either or both of the questions printed below. If

 

you answer only one question, your vote will still be counted.

 

            

 The questions are—

 

1.         

DO YOU AGREE THAT ON THE DEATH OR ABDICATION

 

OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH NO-ONE SHOULD

 

SUCCEED HER AS SOVEREIGN AND HEAD OF STATE,

 

AND THAT FUTURE HEADS OF STATE OF THE UNITED

 

KINGDOM SHOULD BE ELECTED?

 

            

  YES

 

            

  NO

 

2.         

IF FUTURE HEADS OF STATE OF THIS COUNTRY WERE TO

 

BE ELECTED, DO YOU THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BE

 

ELECTED BY—

 

            

  A. MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT?

 

            

     OR

 

            

  B. POPULAR VOTE?’.

 


 
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