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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 14 November 2018

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Overseas Electors Bill


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 


 

A Clause (NC3) (Prompt to register as an overseas elector) — (Christian Matheson)

 

Brought up, and read the first time as follows—

 

(1)    

If the registration officer receives information that leads him or her to believe that

 

a registered elector has moved, or is going to move, outside the United Kingdom,

 

the registration officer shall contact that elector to prompt him or her to register

 

as an overseas elector.

 

(2)    

The Electoral Commission may issue guidance for contact under subsection (1).”

 

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

 

Christian Matheson

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Registration as an overseas elector and donations to registered political

 

parties

 

(1)    

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 is amended as

 

follows.

 

(2)    

In section 54 (permissible donors), in subsection (2)(a), for “registered in an

 

electoral register” substitute—

 

    

“resident in the United Kingdom and registered in an electoral

 

register;


 
 

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(aa)    

an overseas elector and registered in an electoral register at the

 

time of the donation;”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on awareness of how to participate in elections as an overseas elector

 

(1)    

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

 

on levels of awareness of how to participate in parliamentary elections as a UK

 

elector among—

 

(a)    

persons entitled to vote as an overseas elector under the provisions of this

 

Act, and

 

(b)    

overseas electors in general.

 

(2)    

The report shall consider awareness of—

 

(a)    

the law governing entitlement to qualify and vote as an overseas elector,

 

(b)    

the processes of registering and voting, and

 

(c)    

other matters as the Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of

 

State sees fit.

 

(3)    

The report shall set out any steps the Minister for the Cabinet Office or the

 

Secretary of State intends to take to increase awareness of—

 

(a)    

how to participate in elections as an overseas elector, and

 

(b)    

the provisions of this Act.”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on effects of extension of franchise

 

(1)    

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

 

assessing the likely effects of the extension of the franchise in Section 1 of this

 

Act and any measures necessary in response to those effects.

 

(2)    

The report must contain assessments of—

 

(a)    

how many British citizens currently resident overseas are eligible to

 

register as overseas electors, and how many are likely to be eligible if the

 

15-year time limits under sections 1(3)(c) and 1(4)(a) of the

 

Representation of the People Act 1985 were removed;

 

(b)    

likely demand for online registration services and how this demand

 

should be met;

 

(c)    

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;

 

(d)    

any possible increased risk of electoral fraud by those purporting to be

 

overseas electors related to the provisions in this Act;


 
 

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(e)    

whether current election timetables are of sufficient duration to enable

 

the full participation of any increased numbers of overseas electors;

 

(f)    

how the electorates of existing UK constituencies will be affected;

 

(g)    

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.”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on the representation of overseas electors

 

(1)    

The Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of State shall, within 12

 

months of this section coming into force, lay before Parliament a report on the

 

representation of overseas electors.

 

(2)    

That report shall include—

 

(a)    

consideration of 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

 

(d)    

an assessment of alternative models of representation of overseas

 

electors, including the creation of overseas constituencies.”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of absent vote arrangements

 

(1)    

The Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of State shall—

 

(a)    

review absent voting arrangements to consider whether they allow

 

sufficient time for overseas electors to participate adequately in

 

parliamentary elections, taking into account the likely effects of the

 

provisions of this Act;

 

(b)    

consult the Electoral Commission, local authorities and the Association

 

of Electoral Administrators as part of the review; and

 

(c)    

lay before Parliament a report on the review and any steps to be taken as

 

a result.”

 



 
 

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Christian Matheson

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on postal voting arrangements for overseas electors

 

(1)    

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

 

on postal voting arrangements for overseas electors.

 

(2)    

The report shall set out—

 

(a)    

any barriers to the participation of overseas electors in parliamentary

 

elections, including in—

 

(i)    

the availability of pre-paid postal services for returning ballot

 

papers,

 

(ii)    

the financial resources of returning officers, and

 

(iii)    

capacity in the specialist print and production markets to meet

 

absent vote and ballot paper requirements;

 

(b)    

whether any such barriers are likely to become more significant or

 

widespread as a result of the extension of the franchise in the provisions

 

of this Act, including in particular countries and regions;

 

(c)    

any steps to be taken to make it easier for overseas electors to participate

 

in parliamentary elections.

 

(3)    

The report shall, in particular, consider the effectiveness and cost of the

 

International Business Response Licence for postal votes and any associated

 

implications of the provisions of this Act.”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on overseas electors in other national elections

 

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

 

on qualification requirements for non-resident citizens to participate in national

 

elections in other countries.”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Evaluation of the effects of the Act

 

(1)    

The Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of State must, within 12

 

months of the provisions of this Act coming into force, lay before Parliament a

 

report evaluating the effects of the Act and the extent to which it has met its

 

objectives.


 
 

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(2)    

That report must include assessments of the effects on numbers of overseas

 

electors registered in each parliamentary constituency.”

 


 

Alex Norris

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Closing date for electoral registration applications by overseas electors

 

(1)    

The Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 are

 

amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In regulation 56, after paragraph (7), insert—

 

“(8)    

This regulation does not apply to applications by overseas electors.”

 

(3)    

After regulation 56 insert—

 

“56A  

Closing date for electoral registration applications by overseas

 

electors

 

(1)    

The provisions in this regulation relate to applications to vote by post or

 

proxy by overseas electors in parliamentary elections.

 

(2)    

An application by an overseas elector under paragraph 3(6) or (7) of

 

Schedule 4 shall be disregarded for the purposes of a particular

 

parliamentary election and an application under paragraph 4(3) of

 

Schedule 4 shall be refused if it is received by the registration officer after

 

5 p.m. on the eighteenth day before the date of the poll at that election.

 

(3)    

An application under paragraph 3(1) or (2), or 6(7) or 7(4) of Schedule 4

 

shall be disregarded for the purposes of a particular parliamentary

 

election if it is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the

 

thirteenth day before the date of the poll at that election.

 

(4)    

An application under paragraph 4(1) or (2) or 6(8) of Schedule 4 shall be

 

refused if it is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the

 

thirteenth day before the date of the poll at the election for which it is

 

made.

 

(5)    

An application under paragraph 7(7) of Schedule 4 shall be refused if it

 

is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the eighteenth day

 

before the date of the poll at the election for which it is made.

 

(6)    

An application under—

 

(a)    

paragraph 3(5)(a) of Schedule 4 by an elector to be removed

 

from the record kept under paragraph 3(4) of that Schedule, or

 

(b)    

paragraph 7(9)(a) of Schedule 4 by a proxy to be removed from

 

the record kept under paragraph 7(6) of that Schedule,

 

    

and a notice under paragraph 6(10) of that Schedule by an elector

 

cancelling a proxy’s appointment shall be disregarded for the purposes of

 

a particular parliamentary election if it is received by the registration

 

officer after—

 

(i)    

5 p.m. on the eighteenth day before the date of the poll

 

at that election in the case of an application by an elector


 
 

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who is entitled to vote by post to be removed from the

 

record kept under paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 4, and

 

(ii)    

5 p.m. on the thirteenth day before the date of the poll at

 

that election in any other case.

 

(7)    

In computing a period of days for the purposes of this regulation, the

 

same rules shall apply as in regulation 56.”

 

(4)    

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001 are amended as

 

follows.

 

(5)    

In regulation 56, after paragraph (7), insert—

 

“(8)    

This regulation does not apply to applications by overseas electors.”

 

(6)    

After regulation 56 insert—

 

“56A  

Closing date for electoral registration applications by overseas

 

electors

 

(1)    

The provisions in this regulation relate to applications to vote by post or

 

proxy by overseas electors in parliamentary elections.

 

(2)    

An application by an overseas elector under paragraph 3(6) or (7) of

 

Schedule 4 shall be disregarded for the purposes of a particular

 

parliamentary election and an application under paragraph 4(3) of

 

Schedule 4 shall be refused if it is received by the registration officer after

 

5 p.m. on the eighteenth day before the date of the poll at that election.

 

(3)    

An application under paragraph 3(1) or (2), or 6(7) or 7(4) of Schedule 4

 

shall be disregarded for the purposes of a particular parliamentary

 

election if it is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the

 

thirteenth day before the date of the poll at that election.

 

(4)    

An application under paragraph 4(1) or (2) or 6(8) of Schedule 4 shall be

 

refused if it is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the

 

thirteenth day before the date of the poll at the election for which it is

 

made.

 

(5)    

An application under paragraph 7(7) of Schedule 4 shall be refused if it

 

is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the eighteenth day

 

before the date of the poll at the election for which it is made.

 

(6)    

An application under—

 

(a)    

paragraph 3(5)(a) of Schedule 4 by an elector to be removed

 

from the record kept under paragraph 3(4) of that Schedule, or

 

(b)    

paragraph 7(9)(a) of Schedule 4 by a proxy to be removed from

 

the record kept under paragraph 7(6) of that Schedule,

 

    

and a notice under paragraph 6(10) of that Schedule by an elector

 

cancelling a proxy’s appointment shall be disregarded for the purposes of

 

a particular parliamentary election if it is received by the registration

 

officer after—

 

(i)    

5 p.m. on the eighteenth day before the date of the poll

 

at that election in the case of an application by an elector

 

who is entitled to vote by post to be removed from the

 

record kept under paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 4, and

 

(ii)    

5 p.m. on the thirteenth day before the date of the poll at

 

that election in any other case.

 

(7)    

In computing a period of days for the purposes of this regulation, the

 

same rules shall apply as in regulation 56.”


 
 

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(7)    

The Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001 are

 

amended as follows.

 

(8)    

In regulation 57, after paragraph (6), insert—

 

“(7)    

This regulation does not apply to applications by overseas electors.”

 

(9)    

After regulation 57 insert—

 

“57A  

Closing date for electoral registration applications by overseas

 

electors

 

(1)    

The provisions in this regulation relate to applications to vote by post or

 

proxy by overseas electors in parliamentary elections.

 

(2)    

An application under section 6(1) or (5), 8(6) or 9(4) of the 1985 Act shall

 

be disregarded for the purposes of a particular election if it is received by

 

the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the twenty-first day before the day

 

of the poll at that election.

 

(3)    

Subject to paragraph (4) below, an application under section 7(1) or (2),

 

8(7) or 9(7) or (8) of the 1985 Act shall be refused if it is received by the

 

registration officer after 5 p.m. on the twenty-first day before the day of

 

the poll at the election for which is made.

 

(4)    

Paragraph (3) above shall not apply to an application which satisfies the

 

requirements of either paragraphs (6) and (7) or paragraph (8) of

 

regulation 55 above; and such an application shall be refused if it is

 

received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the thirteenth day

 

before the day of the poll at the election for which it is made.

 

(5)    

An application under—

 

(a)    

section 6(4)(a) of the 1985 Act by an elector to be removed from

 

the record kept under section 6(3) of that Act, or

 

(b)    

section 9(11)(a) of that Act by a proxy to be removed from the

 

record kept under section 9(6) of that Act,

 

    

and a notice under section 8(9) of that Act by an elector cancelling a

 

proxy’s appointment shall be disregarded for the purposes of a particular

 

election if it is received by the registration officer after 5 p.m. on the

 

twenty-first day before the date of the poll at that election.

 

(6)    

In computing a period of days for the purposes of this regulation, the

 

same rules shall apply as in regulation 57.”

 



 
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