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Notices of Amendments: 19 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

(2)    

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary

 

conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.”

 


 

Philip Davies

 

NC12

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on electoral offences, overseas electors and the extension of the

 

franchise

 

(1)    

The Minister for the Cabinet Office or Secretary of State must publish a report on

 

electoral offences, overseas electors and the extension of the franchise.

 

(2)    

The report must include assessments of—

 

(a)    

the effects of the extension of the franchise under the provisions of this

 

Act on the incidence of—

 

(i)    

reports of electoral offences under the Representation of the

 

People Act 1983, and

 

(ii)    

prosecutions for such offences,

 

(b)    

the capacity of appropriate authorities to investigate and prosecute such

 

alleged offences,

 

(c)    

the number of reports of electoral offences under the Representation of

 

the People Act 1983 alleged to have been committed by overseas

 

electors—

 

(i)    

in the period since the provisions of this Act came into force, and

 

(ii)    

in a comparable period before the provisions of this Act came

 

into force,

 

(d)    

the number of prosecutions for electoral offences under the

 

Representation of the People Act 1983 by overseas electors—

 

(i)    

in the period since the provisions of this Act came into force, and

 

(ii)    

in a comparable period before the provisions of this Act came

 

into force,

 

(e)    

any steps to be taken to reduce the incidence of such electoral offences.”

 


 

Philip Davies

 

NC13

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Expiration of Act after five years

 

    

This Act shall expire five years from the date on which it receives Royal Assent.”

 



 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

NC14

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Expiration of Act after three years

 

    

This Act shall expire three years from the date on which it receives Royal

 

Assent.”

 

 


 

Philip Davies

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  after “if—” insert—

 

“(za)    

the person—

 

(i)    

was born in the United Kingdom, or

 

(ii)    

on the relevant date has been a British citizen for at least 15

 

years, and

 

(zb)    

on the relevant date the person had cumulatively been resident in the

 

United Kingdom for at least 15 years, and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require electors to demonstrate further attachment to the United Kingdom.

 

Philip Davies

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  leave out “is a British citizen” and insert “is not a citizen

 

of a country other than the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add the condition that an overseas elector is not a citizen of another

 

country.

 

Philip Davies

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  leave out “is a British citizen” and insert “is not a citizen

 

of a country other than the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for Amendment 3.


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Jim McMahon

 

Danielle Rowley

 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

 

Ged Killen

 

Mr Paul Sweeney

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Tom Brake

 

Hywel Williams

 

Gavin Robinson

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

David Linden

 

Tracy Brabin

 

Catherine West

 

Sarah Jones

 

Kirsty Blackman

 

Preet Kaur Gill

 

Nicky Morgan

 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Debbie Abrahams

 

Cat Smith

 

Helen Hayes

 

Neil Coyle

 

Kate Osamor

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Geraint Davies

 

Christian Matheson

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

Ms Diane Abbott

 

Jo Stevens

 

Louise Haigh

 

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

 

Afzal Khan

 

Jo Platt

 

Karen Lee

 

Melanie Onn

 

Stella Creasy

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Emma Dent Coad

 

Lyn Brown

 

Liz Twist

 

Rachel Reeves

 

Julie Cooper

 

Yvonne Fovargue

 

Kate Green

 

James Frith

 

Thelma Walker

 

Gareth Snell

 

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

 

Anneliese Dodds

 

Alex Norris

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  after “citizen,” insert—

 

“(iia)    

is aged 16 or over,”

 

Philip Davies

 

Christian Matheson

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  leave out “or the previous residence condition”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the permanent residence condition, leaving previous registration

 

as the sole qualifying condition.

 

Philip Davies

 

72

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  7,  at end insert “and

 

    

 

(c)    

the person satisfies at least one of the following conditions—

 

(i)    

he or she was included in a register of parliamentary electors at

 

some time in the past fifteen years;

 

(ii)    

he or she was resident in the United Kingdom at some point in

 

the last fifteen years;

 

(iii)    

he or she is a member of the United Kingdom armed forces;

 

(iv)    

he or she is employed in the service of the Crown;

 

(v)    

he or she is employed by the British Council;

 

(vi)    

he or she is employed by a United Kingdom public authority;

 

(vii)    

he or she is employed by a designated humanitarian agency;

 

(viii)    

he or she is the spouse or civil partner of a person mentioned in

 

sub-paragraphs (iii) to (vii) above and is residing outside the

 

United Kingdom to be with his or her spouse or civil partner.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 19 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

(1A)    

The Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of State may by statutory

 

instrument define “United Kingdom public authority” and “designated

 

humanitarian agency” for the purposes of subsection (1)(c).

 

(1B)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1A) is subject to

 

annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.”

 

Philip Davies

 

73

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  9,  leave out “in the past” and insert “since 1 January 2004”

 

Philip Davies

 

Christian Matheson

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  16,  leave out subsections (3) and (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

74

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  17,  leave out “in the past” and insert “since 1 January 2004”

 

Christian Matheson

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  23,  leave out sub-paragraph (ii)

 

Christian Matheson

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

““resident” must be defined in regulations made by the Minister for the

 

Cabinet Office or the Secretary of State.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  44,  leave out “and (3)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

Christian Matheson

 

7

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  3,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  leave out lines 5 to 8 and insert—

 

“(3)    

The second condition is that the person making the declaration (“the declarant”)

 

proves that they qualify as an overseas elector in respect of the constituency by

 

providing valid supporting documentation to the registration officer.

 

(3A)    

Valid supporting documentation for the purposes of proving qualification for the

 

previous registration condition are—

 

(a)    

a poll card, or


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

a letter from the appropriate local authority stating that the person was on

 

the electoral roll at the appropriate time.

 

(3B)    

Valid supporting documentation for the purposes of proving qualification for the

 

previous residence condition must include—

 

(a)    

one document from List A, or

 

(b)    

two documents from List B.

 

(3C)    

For the purposes of subsection (3B), List A documents include but are not limited

 

to—

 

    

household utility bill (such as gas, electric, water or telephone);

 

    

full UK photocard driving licence with signature or ‘old style’ driving

 

licence (including provisional or expired licences);

 

    

bank, building society or credit card statement, or bank or building

 

society passbook;

 

    

local authority tax bill (e.g. council tax bill);

 

    

local authority rent book;

 

    

solicitor’s letter confirming house purchase or land registry

 

confirmation, or an official copy of the land register or other proof of

 

title;

 

    

HM Revenue & Customs (Inland Revenue) tax document such as a tax

 

assessment, statement of account or notice of coding;

 

    

original notification letter from the relevant benefits agency confirming

 

entitlement to benefits or the state pension;

 

    

pension or benefit correspondence from the Department for Work and

 

Pensions;

 

    

instrument of a court appointment, e.g. probate or court-registered power

 

of attorney.

 

(3D)    

For the purposes of subsection (3B), List B documents include but are not limited

 

to—

 

    

payslip;

 

    

employment document, such offer of employment or reference;

 

    

school, college or university (or UCAS) document, such as offer of a

 

place, or confirmation of attendance;

 

    

insurance documents, such as full insurance schedule, or letter

 

confirming insurance cover;

 

    

student loans company letter;

 

    

mobile telephone bill;

 

    

other evidence prescribed in guidance given by the Minister.

 

(3E)    

To be valid supporting documentation, a document must contain both a date

 

(which can be earlier than the date the declarant left the address concerned) and

 

the declarant’s declared last address in the United Kingdom.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

Philip Davies

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  9,  leave out subsection (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 19 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  22,  leave out “3” and insert “2”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the time period for submitting the declaration after it has been made to

 

2 months from 3 months.

 

Philip Davies

 

29

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  22,  leave out “3” and insert “1”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the time period for submitting the declaration after it has been made to

 

1 month from 3 months.

 

Philip Davies

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  22,  leave out “3 months” and insert “14 days”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the time period for submitting the declaration after it has been made to

 

14 days from 3 months.

 

Philip Davies

 

40

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

An overseas elector’s declaration shall be disregarded for the purposes of

 

registration to vote in a particular parliamentary election if it received by the

 

registration officer after 5pm on the nineteenth day before the date of the poll at

 

that election.”

 

Philip Davies

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  34,  after “name” insert “and date of birth”

 

Philip Davies

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state either the declarant’s National Insurance number or the reason the

 

declarant is unable to provide his or her National Insurance number,”

 

Philip Davies

 

43

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state any previous full names held by the declarant in the period since

 

they last made a renewal declaration and the reasons for any changes of

 

name,”

 

Philip Davies

 

44

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state the number and date of issue of a British passport held by the

 

declarant or, if the declarant no longer holds a British passport,

 

prescribed information relating to the nationality of the declarant,”


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

45

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state a telephone number for the declarant,”

 

Philip Davies

 

46

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state an email address for the declarant,”

 

Philip Davies

 

47

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state the declarant’s preferred means of contact by the registration

 

officer,”

 

Philip Davies

 

8

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  37,  leave out “is a British citizen” and insert “was either born

 

in the United Kingdom or has been a British citizen for at least 15 years”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 2.

 

Philip Davies

 

9

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(ca)    

state that the declarant is not a citizen of a country other than the United

 

Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 3.

 

Philip Davies

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  38,  leave out “that the declarant is not resident in the United

 

Kingdom” and insert “the country of residence of the declarant, and how long they have

 

lived there,”

 

Philip Davies

 

10

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  40,  leave out paragraph (e) and insert—

 

“(e)    

state that the declarant has cumulatively been resident in the United

 

Kingdom for at least 15 years,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 2.

 

Christian Matheson

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  40,  leave out paragraph (e)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.


 
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