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Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Christian Matheson

 

19

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

49

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(ea)    

state that the declarant is aware of the voting offences under sections 60

 

and 61 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated

 

punishments under sections 168 and 169 of that Act,”

 

Philip Davies

 

50

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(ea)    

state whether the declarant intends to make absent voting arrangements

 

or to vote in person at a polling station,”

 

Philip Davies

 

51

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  line  44,  leave out from first “requirements” to end of paragraph

 

and insert—

 

“(fa)    

contain a valid attestation of identity under section [Attestation of

 

identity],”

 

Philip Davies

 

11

 

Clause  1,  page  4,  line  1,  leave out from beginning to “the” in line 2

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

Christian Matheson

 

12

 

Clause  1,  page  4,  line  12,  leave out subsections (3) and (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 5.

 

Philip Davies

 

52

 

Clause  1,  page  4,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

“1CA  

Attestation of identity

 

(1)    

A valid attestation of identity must contain attestations from two attestors.

 

(2)    

The first attestor must be a registered elector resident in the constituency in which

 

the declarant wishes to be registered.

 

(3)    

The second attestor must be a registered overseas elector.

 

(4)    

An attestor must not be the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother,

 

sister, child or grandchild of the declarant.

 

(5)    

An attestation must—

 

(a)    

be in writing and signed by the attestor,


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

swear that, to the best of the attestor’s knowledge, the declarant is the

 

person named in the declaration,

 

(c)    

state the attestor’s British passport number together with its date of issue,

 

(d)    

be dated on the date on which the attestation is made,

 

(e)    

confirm that the person attestor is aware of the offence, under section

 

13D of the Representation of the People Act 1983, of providing false

 

information to a registration officer, and

 

(f)    

confirm that the attestor is a person of good standing in the community.

 

(6)    

For the purposes of paragraph (5)(f), examples of a person of good standing in the

 

community include, but are not limited to, the following or their local

 

equivalents—

 

    

accountant

 

    

airline pilot

 

    

articled clerk of a limited company

 

    

assurance agent of recognised company

 

    

bank or building society official

 

    

barrister

 

    

chiropodist

 

    

Commissioner of Oaths

 

    

civil servant (permanent)

 

    

dentist

 

    

director, manager or personnel officer of a limited company

 

    

director or manager of a VAT-registered charity

 

    

director or manager or personnel officer of a VAT-registered company

 

    

engineer (with professional qualifications)

 

    

financial services intermediary (e.g. a stockbroker or insurance broker)

 

    

fire service official

 

    

funeral director

 

    

insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company

 

    

journalist

 

    

Justice of the Peace

 

    

lecturer

 

    

legal secretary (fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal

 

Secretaries and PAs)

 

    

licensee of public house

 

    

local government officer

 

    

medical professional

 

    

member, associate or fellow of a professional body

 

    

Merchant Navy officer

 

    

minister of a recognised religion (including Christian Science)

 

    

nurse (Registered General Nurse or Mental Health Nurse)

 

    

officer of the armed services

 

    

optician

 

    

paralegal (certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of

 

the Institute of Paralegals)

 

    

person with an honour (such as an OBE or MBE)

 

    

pharmacist

 

    

photographer (professional)


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

    

police officer

 

    

Post Office official

 

    

publicly-elected representative (such as MP, Councillor or MEP)

 

    

president or secretary of a recognised organisation

 

    

Salvation Army officer

 

    

social worker

 

    

solicitor

 

    

surveyor

 

    

teacher

 

    

trade union officer

 

    

travel agent (qualified)

 

    

valuer or auctioneer (fellows and associate members of the Incorporated

 

Society of Valuers and Auctioneers)

 

    

warrant officers and chief petty officers.”

 

Philip Davies

 

31

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12” and insert “9”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 9

 

months.

 

Philip Davies

 

32

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12” and insert “8”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 8

 

months.

 

Philip Davies

 

33

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12” and insert “7”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 7

 

months.

 

Philip Davies

 

34

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12” and insert “6”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 6

 

months.

 

Philip Davies

 

54

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12 months” and insert “4 years”

 

Philip Davies

 

55

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “12 months” and insert “5 years and 1 month”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

77

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  10,  leave out “3” and insert “2”

 

Philip Davies

 

78

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  10,  leave out “3 months” and insert “1 month”

 

Philip Davies

 

79

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  10,  leave out “3 months” and insert “14 days”

 

Philip Davies

 

35

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12” and insert “9”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 9

 

months where later than the timeframe mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Philip Davies

 

36

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12” and insert “8”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 8

 

months where later than the timeframe mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Philip Davies

 

37

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12” and insert “7”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 7

 

months where later than the timeframe mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Philip Davies

 

38

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12” and insert “6”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the length of time the person remains registered from 12 months to 6

 

months where later than the timeframe mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Philip Davies

 

57

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12 months” and insert “4 years”

 

Philip Davies

 

58

 

Clause  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out “12 months” and insert “5 years and 1 month”

 

Philip Davies

 

59

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,  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,”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

60

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,  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

 

61

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,  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,”

 

Philip Davies

 

62

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state a telephone number for the declarant,”

 

Philip Davies

 

63

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,   at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

state an email address for the declarant,”

 

Philip Davies

 

64

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  11,   at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

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

 

officer,”

 

Philip Davies

 

13

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  13,  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

 

14

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  13,  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

 

65

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  14,  leave out from “state” to “on” and insert “the country of

 

residence of the declarant, and how long they have lived there,”


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

15

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

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.

 

Philip Davies

 

66

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

state that the declarant is aware of the voting offences under sections 60

 

and 61 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated

 

punishments under sections 168 and 169 of that Act,”

 

Philip Davies

 

67

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

state whether the declarant intends to make absent voting arrangements

 

or to vote in person at a polling station,”

 

Philip Davies

 

16

 

Clause  1,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out Clause (1F)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the provision allowing the period of registration to be changed

 

from one year to up to five years by statutory instrument.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

75

 

Clause  3,  page  8,  line  11,  after “State” add “but no sooner than 12 months after

 

section 3(5) comes into force”

 

Christian Matheson

 

23

 

Clause  3,  page  8,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

No regulations may be made under subsection (2) until the Secretary of State or

 

Minister for the Cabinet Office has laid before Parliament a report setting out the

 

effects of the provisions of this Act on processes for controlling political party

 

donations.

 

(2B)    

The report under subsection (2A) shall consider—

 

(a)    

the ability of political parties and campaigners to determine the

 

permissibility of donations from persons resident overseas;

 

(b)    

the ability of the Electoral Commission to take enforcement action where

 

the rules on such donations have been breached.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to prepare a report on processes for controlling

 

political party donations before the provisions of this Act can come into force.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 22 March 2019                  

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Christian Matheson

 

24

 

Clause  3,  page  8,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

No regulations may be made under subsection (2) until the Secretary of State or

 

Minister for the Cabinet Office has laid before Parliament a report setting out on

 

the likely effects of the provisions of this Act on the number of registered electors.

 

(2B)    

The report under subsection (2A) shall consider—

 

(a)    

the number of overseas electors registered to vote in Parliamentary

 

elections in each constituency and the policy implications of any such

 

changes;

 

(b)    

whether any differential effects on the electorates of constituencies

 

necessitates a review of constituency boundaries; and

 

(c)    

the merits of creating one or more overseas constituencies.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to prepare a report on the effects on the number of

 

registered electors before the provisions of this Act can come into force.

 

Christian Matheson

 

25

 

Clause  3,  page  8,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

No regulations may be made under subsection (2) until the Secretary of State or

 

Minister for the Cabinet Office has laid before Parliament a report setting out the

 

effects of the provisions of this Act on the extension of franchise.

 

(2B)    

The report under subsection (2A) shall consider—

 

(a)    

likely demand for online registration services and how this demand

 

should be met;

 

(b)    

the effects of removing the 15-year time limits on the workloads of local

 

authorities, including demands on electoral registration officers, and how

 

any consequent resourcing requirements should be met;

 

(c)    

how the electorates of existing UK constituencies will be affected; and

 

(d)    

how the electorates of new constituencies recommended by the most

 

recent reports of the Boundary Commissions for England, Wales,

 

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be affected.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to prepare a report on the effects of the extension of the

 

franchise before the provisions of this Act can come into force.

 

Christian Matheson

 

26

 

Clause  3,  page  8,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

No regulations may be made under subsection (2) until the Secretary of State or

 

Minister for the Cabinet Office has laid before Parliament a report setting out the

 

effects of the provisions of this Act on the representation of overseas electors by

 

MPs.

 

(2B)    

The report under subsection (2A) shall consider—

 

(a)    

how well overseas electors are represented by their MPs and any related

 

consequences of the provisions of this Act;

 

(b)    

an assessment of any additional demands that may be placed on MPs and

 

their resources as a consequence of the provisions of this Act;

 

(c)    

any plans the Government has to monitor the representation of overseas

 

electors; and


 
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