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Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Graham Allen

 

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Clause  4,  page  3,  line  42,  at end insert “including the automatic registration of

 

eligible electors,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Amendment would give Scottish Ministers power to make provision for automatic registration

 

for Scottish Parliament and Scottish local elections. In its Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 (HC

 

232), the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee reaffirmed its view

 

that voters should ideally be registered to vote automatically.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

47

 

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Clause  4,  page  3,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

about online voting in elections,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Amendment would give Scottish Ministers power to make provision for online voting for

 

Scottish Parliament and Scottish local elections. According to the House of Commons Political

 

and Constitutional Reform Committee in its Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 (HC 232), online

 

voting could lead to a substantial increase in the level of participation.

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

99

 

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Clause  4,  page  4,  line  30,  leave out from “of” to end of line 32 and insert “any

 

digital service provided by a Minister of the Crown for the registration of electors”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that subsection (4) of new section 12 of the Scotland Act 1998 refers to

 

the amended reservation of the Digital Service (see amendment 92).

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

100

 

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Clause  4,  page  5,  leave out lines 1 to 3

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Due to amendment 92, a definition of the “digital service” is no longer required.

 


 

Secretary David Mundell

 

101

 

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Clause  5,  page  6 ,  line  4,  leave out “, or within two months before,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision preventing a Scottish parliamentary ordinary general

 

election from being held in the two months before a UK or European parliamentary general

 

election, but such an election to the Scottish Parliament could not be held on the same day as such

 

elections to the UK or European Parliaments.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Wayne David

 

43

 

Clause  5,  page  6,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

A referendum called under reserved powers”

 


 

Secretary David Mundell

 

102

 

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Clause  6,  page  6 ,  leave out lines 38 to 40 and insert “is exercisable by the Scottish

 

Ministers concurrently with the Secretary of State for the purposes of making provision

 

about the use, in relation to elections in Scotland, of any digital service provided by a

 

Minister of the Crown for the registration of electors.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the regulation-making power of the Scottish Ministers refers to the

 

amended reservation of the Digital Service (see amendment 92).

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

103

 

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Clause  6,  page  6,  line  41,  leave out from “(9)” to end of line 7 on page 7 and insert

 

““elections in Scotland” means—”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Due to amendment 102, definitions of the “digital service” and “use of the digital service” are no

 

longer required.

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

104

 

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Clause  6,  page  7,  line  21,  leave out “the digital service” and insert “a digital service

 

provided by a Minister of the Crown for the registration of electors”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the provision refers to the amended reservation of the Digital Service

 

(see amendment 92).

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

105

 

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Clause  6,  page  7,  leave out lines 34 to 36

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Due to amendment 104, definitions of the “digital service” and “election in Scotland” are no

 

longer required.

 


 

Secretary David Mundell

 

106

 

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Clause  9,  page  11 ,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Omit sections 92(4A), 104(3) and 112(6) and paragraph 11(4) of Schedule 4

 

(functions under section 15 to be regarded as exercisable within devolved

 

competence).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment repeals the subsections inserted into the Scotland Act 1998 by section 13 of the

 

Scotland Act 2012. Clause 11 brings the function of making an Order in Council under sections


 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

15(1) and (2) of the 1998 Act within devolved competence and these subsections are therefore no

 

longer required.

 

Secretary David Mundell

 

107

 

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Clause  9,  page  11 ,  line  7,  leave out “and 2” and insert “, 2 and 13”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment repeals section 13 of the Scotland Act 2012. Amendment 106 repeals the

 

amendments section 13 made to the Scotland Act 1998 and therefore this section is no longer

 

required.

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

62

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  11,  line  19,  leave out “the decision whether to pass or reject it” and

 

insert “the motion that the Bill be passed is debated”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 62 to 66 to Clause 10 aim to clarify matters around references to the Supreme Court,

 

in particular where the Scottish Parliament resolve to reconsider the Bill.

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

21

 

Clause  10,  page  11,  line  27,  at end add—

 

“(aa)    

the period between general elections specified in section 2(2)”

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

22

 

Clause  10,  page  11,  line  30,  at end add—

 

“(ba)    

the alteration of boundaries of constituencies, regions, or any equivalent

 

electoral area”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

63

 

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Clause  10,  page  11,  line  39,  after “unless”, insert “it is passed without division, or”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

64

 

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Clause  10,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

He shall not make a reference by virtue of paragraph (a) of subsection (2) if the

 

Parliament resolves that it wishes to reconsider the Bill.

 

(2B)    

He shall not make a reference by virtue of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) if—

 

(a)    

the Bill was passed without a division, or

 

(b)    

the Bill was passed on a division and the number of members voting in

 

favour of it was at least two thirds of the total number of seats for

 

members of the Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment establishes that a Bill passed by consensus in the Scottish Parliament (i.e. without

 

a division) automatically meets the super-majority requirement and ensures that a Presiding

 

Officer’s statement is not required if the super-majority requirements are not triggered.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

65

 

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Clause  10,  page  12,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Subsection (3B) applies where—

 

(a)    

a reference has been made in relation to a Bill under this section, and

 

(b)    

the reference has not been decided or otherwise disposed of.

 

(3B)    

If the Parliament resolves that it wishes to reconsider the Bill—

 

(a)    

the Presiding Officer shall notify the Advocate General, the Lord

 

Advocate and the Attorney General of that fact, and

 

(b)    

the person who made the reference in relation to the Bill shall request the

 

withdrawal of the reference.”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

66

 

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Clause  10,  page  12,  line  27,  leave out subsections (11) and (12) and insert—

 

“(10A)    

In subsection (4) after paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

where section 32A(2)(b) applies—

 

(i)    

the Supreme Court decides that the Bill or any provision of the

 

Bill relates to a protected subject matter, or

 

(ii)    

a reference has been made in relation to the Bill under section

 

32A and the Parliament subsequently resolves that it wishes to

 

reconsider the Bill.”


 
 

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

(10B)    

After that subsection insert—

 

“(4A)    

Standing orders shall provide for an opportunity for the reconsideration

 

of a Bill after its rejection if (and only if), where section 32A(2)(a)

 

applies—

 

(a)    

the Supreme Court decides that the Bill or any provision of the

 

Bill does not relate to a protected subject matter, or

 

(b)    

the Parliament resolves that it wishes to reconsider the Bill.””

 


 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

67

 

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Clause  11,  page  13,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

In paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 (protection of Scotland Act 1998 from

 

modification), delete “(2)(f) the Human Rights Act 1998”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the Human Rights Act 1998 from the list of protected provisions in

 

Schedule 4 of the Scotland Act 1998.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

68

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  10,  paragraph (a)(ii), leave out “(3)” and insert “(2B)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 68 to 88 to Clause 11 would grant the Scottish Parliament powers to make decisions

 

about all matters relating to the arrangements and operations of the Scottish Parliament and

 

Scottish Government as agreed in the Smith Commission.

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

69

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  11,  paragraph (a)(iii), leave out “11” and insert “12”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

70

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  12,  paragraph (a)(iv), leave out from “section” to the end

 

and insert “sections 13 to 27,”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

71

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  13,  paragraph (a)(v), leave out from “(v)” to the end and

 

insert “section 28(1) to (6),”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

72

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  14,  paragraph (a)(vi), leave out from “(vi)” to the end and

 

insert “sections 29(2)(e)”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

73

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  15,  paragraph (a)(vii), leave out “27(1) and (2)” and insert

 

“31”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

74

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  16,  paragraph (a)(viii), leave out “28(5)” and insert “32(1)

 

to (3),”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 11 June 2015                     

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Scotland Bill, continued

 
 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

75

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  17,  paragraph (a)(ix), leave out “(1)(a) and (b) and (2) and

 

(3)”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

76

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  18,  paragraph (a)(x), leave out “39” and insert “38”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

77

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  13,  line  21,  paragraph (b)(i), leave out “44(1B)(a) and (b), and (2)”

 

and insert “44(1C), (2) and (4),”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

78

 

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Clause  11,  page  13,  line  22,  paragraph (b)(ii), leave out “(3) to (7)” and insert “to

 

50”

 

Angus Robertson

 

Mike Weir

 

Stewart Hosie

 

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Kirsten Oswald

 

79

 

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Clause  11,  page  13,  line  23,  paragraph (b)(iii), leave out “46(1) to (3)” and insert

 

“51(1), (2) and (5) to (8)”


 
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