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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 17 October 2018

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 


 

Clause 1.

 

Amendment (No. 2) proposed, in page 2, line 39, at end, to insert ““resident” must be

 

defined in regulations made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office or the Secretary of

 

State”.—(Mr Christian Matheson).

 

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

 

Alex Norris

 

36

 

Clause  1,  page  3,  leave out lines 5 to 8 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

 

(b)    

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

 

the electoral roll at the appropriate time.


 
 

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(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.”

 

Alex Norris

 

37

 

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.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

3

 

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


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Christian Matheson

 

4

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

5

 

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

 

“(aa)    

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

 

they were last resident in the United Kingdom or registered and the

 

reasons for any changes of name,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

6

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

7

 

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

 

“(aa)    

state a telephone number for the declarant,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

8

 

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

 

“(aa)    

state an email address for the declarant,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

9

 

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

 

“(aa)    

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

 

officer,””

 

Christian Matheson

 

10

 

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

 

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

 

have lived there,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

11

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

12

 

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


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

“(ea)    

state whether the declarant intends to make absent voting arrangements

 

or to vote in person at a polling station,”

 

Alex Norris

 

38

 

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],”

 

Alex Norris

 

39

 

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,

 

(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)


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

    

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)

 

    

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.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

13

 

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

 

Christian Matheson

 

14

 

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

 

Christian Matheson

 

15

 

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


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

Christian Matheson

 

16

 

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

 

Christian Matheson

 

17

 

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

 

Christian Matheson

 

18

 

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

 

Christian Matheson

 

19

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

20

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

21

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

22

 

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

 

“(aa)    

state a telephone number for the declarant,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

23

 

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

 

“(aa)    

state an email address for the declarant,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

24

 

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

 

“(aa)    

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

 

officer,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

25

 

Clause  1,  page  6,  line  14,  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


 
 

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Overseas Electors Bill, continued

 
 

lived there,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

26

 

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,”

 

Christian Matheson

 

27

 

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,”

 


 

Christian Matheson

 

28

 

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

 

“(2A)    

No regulations shall be made under subsection (2) until the report under section

 

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

 

has been laid before Parliament.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

29

 

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

 

“(2A)    

No regulations shall be made under subsection (2) until the report under section

 

[Report on effects of extension of the franchise] has been laid before Parliament.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

30

 

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

 

“(2A)    

No regulations shall be made under subsection (2) until the report under section

 

[Review of absent vote arrangements] has been laid before Parliament.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

31

 

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

 

“(2A)    

No regulations shall be made under subsection (2) until the report under section

 

[Report on postal voting arrangements for overseas electors] has been laid before

 

Parliament.”

 

Christian Matheson

 

32

 

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


 
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