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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 25 February 2015

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Consideration of Bill


 

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [Lords]


 

New Clauses

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Natural justice

 

Standing Orders of the House of Lords may provide for the Lord Speaker to lay

 

on the Table of the House of Lords before that House agrees to any resolution

 

under section 1(1) a report on whether and to what extent any investigation by an

 

officer of the House of Lords of the member of the House of Lords whose conduct

 

is the subject of the proposed sanction has complied with—

 

(a)    

the principles of natural justice,

 

(b)    

the principles of the European Convention of Human Rights, and

 

(c)    

any other relevant provision or rule of law”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This New Clause applies established principles of fairness to any investigation prior to the

 

application sanctions provided for under the Bill.

 



 
 

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, continued

 
 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Bill of Rights

 

Nothing in this Act shall be constructed by any court in the United Kingdom as

 

affecting Article IX of the Bill of Rights 1689.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Clause, modelled on section 1 of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, preserves the

 

exclusive cognisance of the House of Lords over its own proceedings and membership.

 


 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Code of conduct

 

(1)    

Standing Orders of the House of Lords may provide for the adoption of a code of

 

conduct.

 

(2)    

A resolution passed by virtue of section 1(4) must include a reference to the

 

relevant provision of any code of conduct which the House of Lords may have

 

adopted and which has not been superseded by a subsequent decision of the

 

House.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Clause allows the House of Lords to adopt a code of conduct and also requires the application

 

of penalties under this Bill to be linked to that code, if there is one.

 


 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out paragraph (a)

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert “on the ground of that member’s conduct as

 

set out in the resolution”

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  17,  at beginning insert “in relation either to an expulsion or

 

to a suspension”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is linked to the amendment below which prevents retrospective judgement of behaviour

 

leading to a final expulsion of a member of the House of Lords.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  17,  after “Act”, insert “and any Standing Orders made under

 

subsection (1)”

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  17,  after “Act” insert “and any Standing Orders made under

 

this section”

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out paragraph (b).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This removes all reference to previous conduct that was not public knowledge.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  at beginning insert “in relation only to a suspension”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This removes the power of expulsion in respect of previous conduct that was not public knowledge.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out from “Act” to end of line 19 and insert “but

 

since 1 January 2015”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This limits the application of the Bill’s sanctions to previous conduct that was not public

 

knowledge to just the current year.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out from “Act” to end of line 19 and insert “but

 

since 1 January 2000”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This limits the application of the Bill’s sanctions to previous conduct that was not public

 

knowledge in the past 15 years only.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out from “Act” to end of line 19 and insert “but

 

since 1 January 1985”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This limits the application of the Bill’s sanctions to previous conduct that was not public

 

knowledge in the past 30 years only.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  after “knowledge”, insert “in the United Kingdom”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This limits the scope of public knowledge of previous conduct to what was not known in this

 

country.


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

A resolution under subsection 4(b) may not relate to expulsion”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is an alternative approach to removing the power of expulsion in respect of previous conduct

 

that was not public knowledge.

 

Sir Tony Baldry

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

Standing Orders of the House of Lords set out guidance on what constitutes

 

public knowledge under subsection 4(b)”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This allows for some certainty as to what might constitute public knowledge of previous conduct.

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  at end add—

 

“(5)    

nothing in this section shall authorise the expulsion or suspension of members of

 

the House of Lords on the grounds of age, health or length of service”

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  2,  leave out “Expulsion and”

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Page  2,  line  4,  leave out Clause 3

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  9,  leave out “Expulsion and”

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Title,  line  1,  leave out “expel or”.

 


 
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