European Union Referendum Bill

Amendments
to be moved
on report

After Clause 5

LORD FORSYTH OF DRUMLEAN

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Report on the outcomes of negotiations between Her Majesty’s Government
and the European Union

Not less than four months before the date of the referendum, the Secretary
of State shall publish, and lay before each House of Parliament, a report
setting out the outcomes of Her Majesty’s Government’s negotiations with
the European Union, and any resulting changes in the relationship between
the United Kingdom and the European Union.”

After Clause 6

LORD FORSYTH OF DRUMLEAN

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Fine in case of breach of section 125

Section 125 of the 2000 Act (restriction on publication etc of promotional
material by central and local government etc) has effect for the purposes of
the referendum as if there were inserted at the end—

“(5)     If the Electoral Commission is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt
that a person has breached the restrictions imposed by this section,
and by so doing has caused public money to be spent, that person
shall be guilty of an offence.

(6)     The Commission may impose a monetary penalty on a person
guilty of an offence under subsection (5), which must be not less
than the amount of public money which has been so caused to be
spent.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Agreement on purdah between the Government and the European Union
institutions

The 2000 Act has effect for the purposes of the referendum as if there were
inserted after section 125—

“125A           Agreement between the Government and the European Union
institutions

(1)     The Secretary of State shall seek to conclude an agreement between
the Government and the institutions of the European Union, to the
effect that the institutions will voluntarily abide by the provisions
of section 125 in relation to the referendum to be held under section
1 of the European Union Referendum Act 2015.

(2)     The Secretary of State shall lay before each House of Parliament a
copy of any agreement concluded under subsection (1).””

Schedule 1

LORD FORSYTH OF DRUMLEAN

 

Page 17, line 1, leave out sub-paragraph (2) and insert—

“(2)     Paragraph 1 of that Schedule (limits in relation to referendums held
throughout United Kingdom) has effect for the purposes of the
referendum as if for sub-paragraphs (2) to (5) there were substituted—

“(2)   The Electoral Commission shall by order set a limit on the total
permitted referendum expenses for those campaigning to
remain a member of the European Union, and for those
campaigning to leave the European Union.

(3)   The limit set under sub-paragraph (2) shall be the same for
both campaigns.

(4)   For each campaign, the limit set under sub-paragraph (2) shall
apply to the sum of—

(a)   expenditure by the designated organisation for that
campaign, and

(b)   expenditure by any registered party in support of that
campaign.

(5)   An order under sub-paragraph (2) may specify, within the
overall limit, a sub-limit for the designated organisation for a
campaign, and sub-limits for specified registered parties
supporting that campaign.

(6)   An order under sub-paragraph (2) must be made by statutory
instrument, which must not be made unless a draft of the
instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution
of, each House of Parliament.””

Prepared 12th November 2015