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Fixed-term Parliaments Bill


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT
[Supplementary to the Marshalled List]

Clause 2

LORD CORMACK

Leave out Clause 2 and insert the following new Clause—

“Early parliamentary general elections (No. 4)

(1) An early parliamentary general election shall take place if—

(a) the House of Commons passes, by a two-thirds majority of the House voting, a resolution “That there shall be an early general election”, or

(b) if the Prime Minister tenders the resignation of Her Majesty’s Government and within 14 days no new Prime Minister has accepted Her Majesty’s invitation to form a government.

(2) If at any time the House of Commons passes a motion of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government, the Prime Minister shall forthwith submit to Her Majesty a request for a proclamation to dissolve Parliament and provide for a general election.

(3) A vote of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government shall be deemed to have been passed if the House of Commons—

(a) denies a Second Reading or Third Reading to a Finance Bill, or

(b) passes a motion of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government tabled by the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.”

LORD ARMSTRONG OF ILMINSTER

Leave out Clause 2 and insert the following new Clause—

“Early dissolution of Parliament

(1) If at any time the House of Commons passes a vote of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government, the Prime Minister shall forthwith submit to Her Majesty a request for a proclamation to dissolve Parliament with a view to the holding of a parliamentary general election.

(2) A vote of no confidence shall be deemed for the purposes of this section to have been passed if the House of Commons—

(a) amends or rejects a motion tabled by Her Majesty’s Government for an Address in reply to Her Majesty’s speech at the opening of a session of Parliament;

(b) passes a motion of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government tabled by the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition;

(c) does not pass a motion that the House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government tabled by the Prime Minister; or

(d) does not pass any motion, the rejection of which the Prime Minister has declared in advance will be regarded by Her Majesty’s Government as a vote of no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government for the purposes of this section.”