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SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 
 

Thursday 18 June 2015

 

Committee of the whole House

 

Proceedings

 

European Union Referendum Bill


 

[Second Day]


 

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

 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Keith Vaz

 

Mark Durkan

 

Negatived on division  18

 

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.”

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Mike Gapes

 

Tom Brake

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Mark Durkan

 

Negatived on division  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”.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Gapes

 

Tom Brake

 

Keith Vaz

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Not called  51

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  17,  leave out “parliamentary” and insert “local government”

 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not called  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

 

Tom Brake

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Not called  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”.

 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Keith Vaz

 

Mark Durkan

 

Not called  19

 

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.”

 

Mike Gapes

 

Keith Vaz

 

Not called  52

 

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.”


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Clauses 2 and 5 Agreed to.

 


 

Alex Salmond

 

Angus Robertson

 

Stephen Gethins

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mike Weir

 

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

 

Tommy Sheppard

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mark Durkan

 

Not called  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,

 

(ii)    

(except where otherwise provided by an applied enactment)

 

qualifying address, and

 

(iii)    

voter number.

 

(3)    

Subsection (2) is subject to section 9B of the 1983 Representation of the People

 

Act (anonymous registration).

 

(4)    

A person‘s qualifying address is the address in respect of which the person is

 

entitled to be registered in the register.

 

(5)    

A person‘s voter number is such number (with or without any letters) as is for the

 

time being allocated by the registration officer to the person for the purposes of

 

the register.

 

(6)    

A person is entitled to be registered in the register of young voters for any area if,

 

on the relevant date, the person—

 

(a)    

is not registered in the register of local government electors for the area,

 

(b)    

meets the requirements (apart from any requirement as to age) for

 

registration in the register of local government electors for the area, and

 

(c)    

has attained the age of 16, or will attain that age on or before the date on

 

which the poll at an independence referendum is to be held.

 

(7)    

In the case of a person who has not yet attained the age of 16—

 

(a)    

the person‘s entry in the register must state the date on which the person

 

will attain the age of 16, and

 

(b)    

until that date, the person is not, by virtue of the entry, to be taken to be

 

a voter for the purposes of any independence referendum other than one

 

the date of the poll at which is on or after that date.

 

(8)    

Where a person to whom subsection (7) applies has an anonymous entry in the

 

register, the references in that subsection to the person’s entry in the register are

 

to be read as references to the person‘s entry in the record of anonymous entries.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(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).”

 


 

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

 

remaining proceedings on the bill

 

John McDonnell

 

Withdrawn  48

 

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.”

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

Negatived on division  3

 

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”.

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

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

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  7

 

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;

 

(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


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(g)    

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

 


 

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

 

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

 

Not called  8

 

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.”

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

Not called  13

 

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.”

 

Clauses 4 and 6 to 11 Agreed to.

 


 

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

 

Not called  NC1

 

To move the following Clause—


 
 

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“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.

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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