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Notices of Amendments: 12 June 2015                     

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Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

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Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  10,  leave out “any of the paragraphs (c) to (f)” and insert

 

“paragraph (c)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

35

 

Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  11,  leave out “(f)” and insert “(e)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

39

 

Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  11,  leave out “(f)” and insert “(d)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

36

 

Schedule  1,  page  13,  leave out lines 12 to 16

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

44

 

Schedule  1,  page  13,  leave out lines 12 to 22

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

40

 

Schedule  1,  page  13,  leave out lines 17 to 20

 

Secretary Philip Hammond

 

15

 

Schedule  1,  page  14,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“Declaration where no referendum expenses incurred in referendum period

 

21A      

For the purposes of the referendum, the following section is to be treated as

 

inserted after section 124 of the 2000 Act—

 

“124A

Declaration where no expenses in referendum period

 

(1)    

Subsection (2) applies where, in relation to a referendum to which this

 

Part applies—

 

(a)    

a permitted participant incurs no referendum expenses during

 

the referendum period (and no such expenses are incurred on

 

behalf of that participant during that period), and

 

(b)    

accordingly, the responsible person in relation to the

 

permitted participant is not required to make a return under

 

section 120 or a declaration under section 120A.

 

(2)    

The responsible person must, within 3 months beginning with the end

 

of the referendum period—

 

(a)    

make a declaration under this section, and

 

(b)    

deliver that declaration to the Commission.

 

(3)    

A declaration under this section is a declaration that no referendum

 

expenses were incurred by or on behalf of the permitted participant

 

during the referendum period.


 
 

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(4)    

The responsible person commits an offence if, without reasonable

 

excuse, that person fails to comply with the requirements of subsection

 

(2).

 

(5)    

If a person who is the responsible person in relation to a permitted

 

participant knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration in

 

purported compliance with the requirement in subsection (2)(a), that

 

person commits an offence.

 

(6)    

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (4) is liable—

 

(a)    

on summary conviction in England and Wales, to a fine;

 

(b)    

on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to a

 

fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale;

 

(c)    

on summary conviction in Gibraltar, to a fine not exceeding

 

level 5 on the Gibraltar standard scale.

 

(7)    

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (5) is liable—

 

(a)    

on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not

 

exceeding 12 months or to a fine, or to both;

 

(b)    

on summary conviction in England and Wales, to

 

imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine,

 

or to both;

 

(c)    

on summary conviction in Scotland, to imprisonment for a

 

term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the

 

statutory maximum, or to both;

 

(d)    

on summary conviction in Northern Ireland, to imprisonment

 

for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding

 

the statutory maximum, or to both;

 

(e)    

on summary conviction in Gibraltar, to imprisonment for a

 

term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding level

 

5 on the Gibraltar standard scale, or to both.

 

(8)    

The reference in subsection (7)(b) to 12 months is to be read as a

 

reference to 6 months in relation to an offence committed before the

 

commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

 

(9)    

In this section “the Gibraltar standard scale” means the standard scale

 

set out in Part A of Schedule 9 to the Criminal Procedure and Evidence

 

Act.

 

(10)    

Schedule 19C (civil sanctions), and any order under Part 5 of that

 

Schedule, have effect as if the offence under subsection (4) of this

 

section were an offence prescribed in an order under that Part.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires permitted participants who do not incur referendum expenses to submit

 

a declaration of that fact to the Electoral Commission within three months of the end of the

 

referendum period.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

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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Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  37,  leave out paragraph 25 and insert—

 

“25(1)  

Section 125 of the 2000 Act (restriction of publication etc of promotional

 

material by central and local government etc) applies in relation to the

 

referendum during the referendum period with the following modification.

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      (2)  

Section 125(2)(a) of the 2000 Act has effect for the purposes of the referendum

 

as if, after “Crown”, there were inserted “including ministers in the Scottish

 

Government, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and Her

 

Majesty‘s Government of Gibraltar”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to apply the “purdah” arrangements that govern ministerial and

 

official announcements, visits and publicity during general elections to the campaign period

 

before the referendum.

 

As Amendments to Sir William Cash’s proposed Amendment (No. 11):—

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

(a)

 

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Line  4,  leave out “modification” and insert “modifications”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

(b)

 

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Line  8,  at end add—

 

“(3)    

Section 125(2) of the 2000 Act has effect for the purposes of the referendum with

 

the addition of subsection—

 

“(e)    

advocacy on any issue having a bearing on the outcome of the

 

referendum””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the “purdah” arrangements that govern

 

ministerial and official announcements, visits and publicity include spending money on advocacy.

 



 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Restriction on publications etc

 

(1)    

This section applies to any material, which—

 

(a)    

provides general information about the referendum,

 

(b)    

deals with any of the issues raised by the referendum question,

 

(c)    

puts any arguments for or against any outcome, or

 

(d)    

is designed to encourage voting at the referendum.

 

(2)    

Subject to subsection (3), no material to which this section applies is to be

 

published during the relevant period by or on behalf of—

 

(a)    

the UK government,

 

(b)    

the House of Commons or House of Lords,

 

(c)    

the devolved administrations,

 

(d)    

any local authority,

 

(e)    

public bodies, or

 

(f)    

the European Commission and European Parliament.

 

(3)    

Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply to—

 

(a)    

existing material made available to persons in response to specific

 

requests for information or to persons specifically seeking access to it, or

 

(b)    

anything done by or on behalf of—

 

(i)    

a designated organisation,

 

(ii)    

the Electoral Commission, or

 

(c)    

the Chief Counting Officer or any other counting officer, or

 

(d)    

the publication of information relating to the holding of the poll.

 

(4)    

In this paragraph—

 

“publish” means make available to the public at large, or any section of the

 

public, in whatever form and by whatever means (and “publication” is to

 

be construed accordingly),

 

“the relevant period” means the period of 28 days ending with the date of

 

the referendum.

 

(5)    

 

(a)    

A breach of the rules set out in this section, will be an offence.

 

(b)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section, is liable—

 

(i)    

on conviction on indictment, to a fine;

 

(ii)    

on summary conviction in England and Wales, to a fine;

 

(iii)    

on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to a fine

 

not exceeding the statutory maximum;


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(iv)    

on summary conviction in Gibraltar, to a fine note exceeding

 

level 5 on the Gibraltar standard scale.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The New Clause prescribes a period of “purdah” in the four weeks before the referendum.

 


 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Referendum Fairness Board

 

(1)    

There shall be a committee of privy counsellors, to be called the Referendum

 

Fairness Board, whose duty is to consider any alleged breach of section

 

(Restriction on publications etc) which comes attention of any of its members.

 

(2)    

Each of the following presiding officers for the time being may appoint any privy

 

counsellor as a member of the board—

 

(a)    

the Speaker of the House of Commons,

 

(b)    

the Lord Speaker,

 

(c)    

the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament,

 

(d)    

the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, or

 

(e)    

the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales.

 

(3)    

The Board shall prescribe its own rules of procedure, which must include

 

procedures for—

 

(a)    

instituting legal action to interdict or injunct any further breach or

 

repetition of an alleged breach, and

 

(b)    

drawing to the attention of the relevant prosecuting authority any serious

 

or continuing breach of section (Restriction on publications etc).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The New Clause provides for swift enforcement of the “purdah” rules which would apply under

 

the linked New Clause in the four weeks leading up to the referendum.

 


 

CLAUSE 2; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER

 

OF CLAUSE 2; CLAUSE 5; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE

 

SUBJECT MATTER OF CLAUSE 5

 

Mike Gapes

 

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Clause  2,  page  1,  line  16,  leave out “parliamentary” and insert “local government”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would allow citizens of all countries of the European Union living in the UK and

 

Gibraltar to vote in the referendum.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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Clause  2,  page  1,  line  17,   leave out from “electors” to the end of line 12 on page 2

 

and insert—

 

    

“at a local government election in any electoral area in Great Britain, or

 

(b)    

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

 

as electors at a local government election in any electoral area in

 

Northern Ireland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment extends the franchise in the referendum to EU nationals resident in the United

 

Kingdom.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

1

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  17,  at end insert “and persons who would be so entitled

 

except for the fact that they will be aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is

 

to be held”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would entitle British citizens, qualifying Commonwealth citizens and citizens of

 

the Republic of Ireland aged 16 and 17 to vote in the referendum.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

12

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  9,  after “Commonwealth citizens”, insert “or citizens of the

 

Republic of Ireland”

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

2

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  12,  at end insert “and persons who would be so entitled

 

except for the fact that they will be aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is

 

to be held”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would entitle Commonwealth citizens aged 16 and 17 who would be entitled to

 

vote in Gibraltar for elections to the European Parliament to vote in the referendum.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  16,   at end add—

 

“(3)    

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on the date on which the poll at

 

the referendum is held, the person is aged 16 or over and registered in—

 

(a)    

the register of local government electors, or

 

(b)    

the register of young voters maintained under section (Register of young

 

voters) for any such area.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

Mike Gapes

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  16,  at end add—

 

“(3)    

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983, as

 

amended, or of any other statute, a British citizen resident overseas in a country

 

within the European Union will be eligible:

 

(a)    

to register to vote and

 

(b)    

to vote in the referendum

 

    

irrespective of the length of time that the citizen has been resident overseas.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would entitle British citizens living in any country in the European Union to vote

 

in the referendum irrespective of the time they have been resident overseas.

 


 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Register of young voters

 

(1)    

For the purposes of this Act, each registration officer must prepare and maintain,

 

for the officer‘s area, a register to be known as the register of young voters.

 

(2)    

The register must contain—

 

(a)    

the names of the persons appearing to the registration officer to be

 

entitled to be registered in the register, and

 

(b)    

in relation to each person registered in it, the person’s—

 

(i)    

date of birth,


 
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