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Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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(9)    

In this section, “the relevant date” mean the date on which an application for

 

registration in the register of young voters is made (or the date on which such an

 

application is treated as made by virtue of section 10A(2) of the 1983 Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment extends the franchise in the referendum to 16 and 17 year olds.

 


 

clauses 4 and 6 to 11; remaining new clauses; remaining new schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the bill

 

John McDonnell

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

the provision made under subsection (1)(a) shall include making arrangements to

 

allow all those entitled to vote in the referendum to vote by electronic means.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide for electronic voting in the referendum.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

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Clause  4,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The referendum shall not be held on the same day as:

 

(a)    

elections to the Scottish Parliament;

 

(b)    

elections to the National Assembly for Wales;

 

(c)    

elections for the Mayor of London; or

 

(d)    

local authority elections”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would prevent the referendum being held on the same day as Scottish Parliament,

 

National Assembly for Wales, London mayoral or local authority elections.

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Richard Drax

 

Mr Douglas Carswell

 

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Clause  4,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The referendum shall not be held on the same day as elections, other than by-

 

elections, that are scheduled to take place for:

 

(a)    

the Scottish Parliament;

 

(b)    

the National Assembly for Wales;


 
 

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(c)    

the Northern Ireland Assembly;

 

(d)    

the Gibraltar Parliament;

 

(e)    

Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales;

 

(f)    

the London Assembly and Mayor of London; or

 

(g)    

local authorities and mayors in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the referendum is not held on the same day as other

 

polls.

 


 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Richard Drax

 

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Clause  6,  page  3,  line  37,  at end add—

 

“(5)    

Regulations made under this Act or the 2000 Act in respect of the referendum

 

must be made and come into force not less than six months before the start of the

 

referendum period.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure the legislative framework for the referendum is clear

 

at least six months before it is required to be implemented or complied with.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

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Clause  8,  page  4,  line  15,  at end insert ““Commonwealth citizens” does not include

 

citizens of any country which has terminated its membership of the Commonwealth or

 

which has been wholly or partly suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth by

 

the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.”

 



 
 

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Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Richard Drax

 

Mr Douglas Carswell

 

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To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Impartiality of broadcasters

 

(1)    

Notwithstanding any enactment or legal instrument, before the start of the

 

referendum period the Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision to

 

ensure the impartiality of broadcasters during the referendum period.

 

(2)    

Regulations made under this section must include provision for the appointment

 

by the Secretary of State of a referendum broadcasting adjudicator.

 

(3)    

Regulations made under this section must require the referendum broadcasting

 

adjudicator

 

(a)    

to draw up and publish guidance applicable to the referendum to ensure

 

the impartiality of broadcasters during the referendum period,

 

notwithstanding any relevant guidance currently in force or in draft; and

 

(b)    

to make arrangements by which an allegations of breach of the guidance

 

on impartiality can be referred to and determined by the adjudicator and

 

where an allegation, in the adjudicator’s view, is vexatious or frivolous

 

to dismiss the allegation.

 

(4)    

Guidance published under subsection (3)(a) shall apply to—

 

(a)    

the holder of a licence under the Broadcasting Act 1990 or 1996 and

 

(b)    

the British Broadcasting Corporation.

 

(5)    

Regulations made under this section shall require the referendum broadcasting

 

adjudicator within one day of receipt of an allegation that a broadcaster has

 

breached the guidance on impartiality to determine whether the guidance has

 

been breached and publish its determination and, where a breach has taken place,

 

to require the broadcaster to remedy the breach within one day.

 

(6)    

Regulations made under this section are to be made by statutory instrument which

 

is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The intention of this amendment is to ensure impartiality of television and radio broadcasters

 

during the referendum campaign and to allow for swift adjudication where an allegation of bias is

 

made.

 

 

ORDER OF THE HOUSE [9 June 2015]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the European Union Referendum Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.


 
 

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Proceedings in Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be taken in two days.

 

3.    

The proceedings shall be taken on the days shown in the first column of the

 

following Table and in the order so shown.

 

4.    

The proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table.

 

 

      TABLE

 

Proceedings

Time for conclusion of proceedings

 
 

First day

 
 

Clause 1; new Clauses and new

Three hours after the

 
 

Schedules relating to the subject

commencement of proceedings on

 
 

matter of Clause 1

the Bill on the first day.

 
 

Clause 3; Schedules 1 to 3; new

The moment of interruption on the

 
 

Clauses and new Schedules relating

first day

 
 

to the subject matter of Clause 3 and

  
 

Schedules 1 to 3

  
 

Second day

 
 

Clause 2; new Clauses and new

Four hours after the commencement

 
 

Schedules relating to the subject

of proceedings on the Bill on the

 
 

matter of Clause 2; Clause 5; new

second day

 
 

Clauses and new Schedules relating

  
 

to the subject matter of Clause 5

  
 

Clauses 4 and 6 to 11; remaining

The moment of interruption on the

 
 

new Clauses; remaining new

second day

 
 

Schedules; remaining proceedings

  
 

on the Bill

  
 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

5.    

Any proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded)

 

be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

6.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

Programming committee

 

7.    

Standing Order No 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings in Committee of the whole House, to any proceedings on

 

Consideration or to proceedings on Third Reading.

 

8.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the

 

Lords) may be programmed.

 


 
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