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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 16 June 2015

 

Committee of the whole House

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 55

 

European Union Referendum Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Order of the House [9 June 2015].

 

 


 

CLAUSE 1; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER

 

OF CLAUSE 1

 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

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

 

“(2)    

The Chief Counting Officer shall declare whether the result of the referendum is

 

that a majority wish the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

 

(3)    

The Chief Counting Officer may declare that a majority wish the United

 

Kingdom to leave the European Union only if—

 

(a)    

a majority of total votes cast in the referendum in the United Kingdom

 

are against the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European

 

Union, and


 
 

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(b)    

a majority of the votes cast in the referendum in each of England,

 

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are against the United Kingdom

 

remaining a member of the European Union.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment imposes a double majority requirement for withdrawal, which would have to be

 

supported by a majority the whole of the UK and by majorities in each of its four constituent parts.

 

Mike Gapes

 

49

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out “31 December” and insert “1 July”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the referendum to take place before 1 July 2017.

 

Mike Gapes

 

50

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  leave out “2017” and insert “2016”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the referendum to take place before 31 December 2016.

 

Secretary Philip Hammond

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert “and must not be 5 May 2016”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment prevents the Secretary of State from appointing 5 May 2016 as the day on which

 

the referendum is to be held.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament an independent

 

report by the Office for Budget Responsibility on the implications for the

 

sustainability of the public finances of the United Kingdom leaving the European

 

Union.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report by the OBR on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a report on the


 
 

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consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union for each

 

ministerial departments’ responsibilities.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report by each Secretary of State on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the

 

European Union for their areas of ministerial responsibility.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must ask for and lay before both Houses of Parliament any

 

assessment made by the Bank of England on the consequences of the United

 

Kingdom leaving the European Union.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

any assessment by the Bank of England on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the

 

European Union.

 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Lady Hermon

 

Nigel Dodds

 

17

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The day appointed under subsection (2) must not be the date of an election to the

 

Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly or Northern Ireland Assembly.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment prevents the referendum from being held on the same day as the elections to the

 

Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly or Northern Ireland Assembly.

 

John McDonnell

 

46

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a report by the

 

Office for Budget Responsibility on the consequences for the Transatlantic Trade

 

and Investment Partnership of the United Kingdom leaving or remaining a

 

member of the European Union.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report by the OBR on the consequences for TTIP of leaving or remaining a member of the

 

European Union.


 
 

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John McDonnell

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a report on the

 

consequences for negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment

 

Partnership of the United Kingdom leaving or remaining a member of the

 

European Union.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report on the consequences for negotiations on TTIP of leaving or remaining a member of the

 

European Union.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Before appointing a day under subsection (2) the Secretary of State shall lay

 

before both Houses a report on materials which any Minister of the Crown,

 

government department or local authority or any other person or body whose

 

expenses are defrayed wholly or mainly out of public funds or by any local

 

authority intend or expect to publish in the period of 28 days ending with the date

 

of the referendum that—

 

(a)    

deals with any of the issues raised by any question on which the

 

referendum is being held;

 

(b)    

puts any argument for or against any particular answer to any such

 

question; or

 

(c)    

is designed to encourage voting at the referendum.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government, prior to setting a date for the Referendum by

 

regulations subject to the affirmative procedure, to publish a report on what publications which

 

would normally be prohibited by Section 125 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums

 

Act 2000 the Government intends or expects to publish in the four weeks before the referendum.

 



 
 

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clause 3; schedules 1 to 3; new clauses and new schedules relating to the

 

subject matter of clause 3 and schedules 1 to 3

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

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

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

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Schedule  1,  page  6,  line  6,  after second “period”, insert “of not less than 16 weeks”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the referendum period lasts for at least 16 weeks.

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

20

 

Schedule  1,  page  6,  leave out lines 23 and 24

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

28

 

Schedule  1,  page  6,  leave out lines 23 to 31

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

24

 

Schedule  1,  page  6,  leave out lines 25 to 31

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

53

 

Schedule  1,  page  6,  line  33,  at end add—

 

“(ix)    

the total number of permitted participants shall be limited to a number specified

 

by the Electoral Commission to ensure broad equality of resources between those

 

campaigning for each of the outcomes of the referendum and those taken into

 

account for the purposes of this provision will be the first persons to give notice

 

under section 106(1) of the 2000 Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Electoral Commission to ensure that during the referendum

 

campaign, the total spend of the campaign on either side of the referendum would be broadly equal

 

by limiting the number of participants, taking into account moneys spent by business, government,

 

the European Commission and the campaigns themselves.

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

32

 

Schedule  1,  page  6,  line  33,  at end add—

 

“( )    

Nothing in this Schedule alters the law governing charitable organisations in any

 

part of the United Kingdom to confer an entitlement to participate in a referendum

 

which would not have been possible prior to the coming into force of this

 

Schedule.”


 
 

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Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

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Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  5,  leave out “any of sub-paragraphs (v) to (viii)” and insert

 

“sub-paragraph (v)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

21

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  5,  leave out “(viii)” and insert “(vii)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

25

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  5,  leave out “(viii)” and insert “(vi)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

22

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  leave out lines 16 to 19

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

30

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  leave out lines 16 to 23

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

26

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  leave out lines 20 to 23

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

23

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out “(viii)” and insert “(vii)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

27

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out “(viii)” and insert “(vi)”

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

31

 

Schedule  1,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out “(viii)” and insert “(v)”

 

Secretary Philip Hammond

 

14

 

Schedule  1,  page  12,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

    “( )  

Paragraph 1(2) of that Schedule (limit on expenses incurred by permitted

 

participants during referendum period) has effect for the purposes of the

 

referendum as if—

 

(a)    

in paragraph (a) (designated organisations) for “£5 million” there were

 

substituted “£7 million”,

 

(b)    

in paragraph (b) (registered parties that are not designated

 

organisations)—

 

(i)    

in sub-paragraph (i) for “£5 million” there were substituted

 

“£7 million”,

 

(ii)    

in sub-paragraph (ii) for “£4 million” there were substituted

 

“£5.5 million”,


 
 

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(iii)    

in sub-paragraph (iii) for “£3 million” there were substituted

 

“£4 million”,

 

(iv)    

in sub-paragraph (iv) for “£2 million” there were substituted

 

“£3 million”, and

 

(v)    

in sub-paragraph (v) for “£500,000” there were substituted

 

“£700,000”, and

 

(c)    

in paragraph (c) (certain other persons and bodies) for “£500,000”

 

there were substituted “£700,000”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment modifies, for the purposes of the European Union referendum only, the spending

 

limits for permitted participants in paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 14 to the Political Parties,

 

Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to take account of inflation.

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

33

 

Schedule  1,  page  12,  leave out lines 18 and 19

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

41

 

Schedule  1,  page  12,  leave out lines 18 to 25

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

37

 

Schedule  1,  page  12,  leave out lines 20 to 25

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

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

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

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Schedule  1,  page  12,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

For the purposes of paragraph 6 of Schedule 15 of the 2000 Act a permitted

 

participant must not accept a relevant donation, irrespective of whether or not it

 

meets the requirements of the 2000 Act and this Act, if the donation is funded

 

directly or indirectly in whole or part from moneys, resources or support

 

disbursed or allocated by or at the direction of the European Commission, its

 

agencies or any related European institution to the donor or via other parties to

 

the donor.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no funds or support provided directly or indirectly

 

by European Union bodies have a bearing on the outcome of the referendum.


 
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