Overseas Electors Bill

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

7 The Bill’s provisions extend to the whole of the United Kingdom. In the Government's view, the matters to which the provisions of the Bill relate are not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly; accordingly no legislative consent motions are necessary.

8 There is a convention that Westminster will not normally legislate for matters that are within the legislative competence of any of the devolved legislatures without the consent of the legislature concerned. If amendments are made which relate to matters that fall within that convention, the consent of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly (as appropriate) will be sought for them.

9 See the table in Annex A for a summary of the position regarding territorial extent and application in the United Kingdom. The table also summarises the position regarding legislative consent motions.

 

Prepared 7th February 2018