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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Monday 22 June 2015

 

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Consideration of Bill


 

European Union Referendum Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Graham Stringer

 

Richard Drax

 

Kate Hoey

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

NC1

 

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.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(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 any 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.

 


 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Exemptions to prohibition on publication of promotional material by central

 

and local government etc.

 

(1)    

For the purposes of the referendum the Secretary of State may, by regulations,

 

specify materials that he intends or expects to publish in the regulation period to

 

be exempted from the prohibitions on the publication of materials under section

 

125 of the 2000 Act.

 

(2)    

Any materials listed in regulations made under this section will not be subject to

 

the prohibitions on publication under section 125 of the 2000 Act.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause permits the Government to specify material that they intend or expect to publish

 

in the “purdah” period for the referendum that would be exempted from the prohibition on

 

publication of promotional material contained in section 125 of the Political Parties, Elections and

 

Referendums Act 2000, which amendment no. 4 would apply to the EU Referendum. The material


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

would have to be specified in regulations exercisable by statutory instrument, which under clause

 

6 of this bill must be laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

 


 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Graham Stringer

 

Richard Drax

 

Kate Hoey

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

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Clause  6,  page  3,  line  40,  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.

 


 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Graham Stringer

 

Richard Drax

 

Kate Hoey

 

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.

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Graham Stringer

 

Richard Drax

 

Kate Hoey

 

Sir Gerald Howarth

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

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Schedule  1,  page  13,  line  11,  at end add—


 
 

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“(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.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  19,  line  23,  leave out paragraph 26

 

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. The amendment should be read in conjunction with NC2.

 

 

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.

 

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

  

 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

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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