Succession to the Crown Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE

Clause 1

LORD TREFGARNE

 

Page 1, line 4, at end insert—

“(2) In determining the succession to the Crown, the rule of primogeniture shall apply equally to females and males.”

Clause 2

LORD TREFGARNE

 

Page 1, line 9, after “person” insert “who married a person of the Roman Catholic faith”

 

Page 1, line 10, at end insert—

“(3) A child of a marriage, which at the time of the marriage disqualified one of their parents from succeeding to the Crown or possessing it, who is at the time of the coming into force of this section of the Roman Catholic faith shall not as a result be for ever incapable of succeeding to the Crown.”

 

Page 1, line 10, at end insert—

“(4) A child of a marriage, which takes place after the coming into force of this section between a Roman Catholic and a person in line of succession to the Crown, who is of the Roman Catholic faith shall not as a result be for ever incapable of succeeding to the Crown.”

 

Page 1, line 10, at end insert—

“(5) The children of such a marriage shall not be disqualified from succeeding to the Crown by virtue of being of the Roman Catholic faith.”

 

Page 1, line 10, at end insert—

“(6) In the event of a person of the Roman Catholic faith succeeding to the Crown by virtue of subsection (5), the title of Defender of the Faith and the function of Supreme Governor of the Church of England shall pass to a regent qualifying with the provisions of section 3 of the Regency Act 1937.”

After Clause 2

LORD TREFGARNE

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Removal of disqualification arising from individual’s religion

(1) A person is not disqualified from succeeding to the Crown or from possessing it as a result of that person not joining in communion with the Church of England as by law established; and all provisions to the contrary in the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement are accordingly superseded.

(2) Where a person who succeeds to the Crown or possesses it declares to the Privy Council that he or she is not in communion with the Church of England as by law established, the person who is next in line of succession to the Crown and who is in communion with the Church of England shall perform the functions of Supreme Governor of the Church of England in the name of and on behalf of the Sovereign.

(3) The provisions in subsections (3) to (5) of section 3 of the Regency Act 1937 apply to such a person who is Supreme Governor, with the substitution for references to the Regent of references to the Supreme Governor.”

The Schedule

LORD TREFGARNE

 

Page 3, line 14, at end insert—

“In section 1 of the Bill of Rights—

( ) after “jurisdiction within the same”, insert “except if the Popish Religion is inherited from a parent who has married an heir to the throne”;

( ) after “naturally dead”, insert “except as above”.”

 

Page 3, line 16, at end insert—

“(aa) in the preamble, after “jurisdiction within the same”, insert “except if the Popish Religion is inherited from a parent who has married an heir to the throne”;”

 

Page 3, line 17, at end insert—

“( ) In section 2, after “profess the Popish Religion”, insert “unless as a result of inheriting the said religion from a parent who has married an heir to the throne”.”

 

Page 3, line 18, at end insert—

“( ) In section 3, after “by law established”, insert “or the duties of Supreme Governor of the Church of England and title Defender of the Faith shall pass to a regent under the Regency Act 1937”.”

Prepared 26th February 2013