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Thursday 10th February 2000


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE

POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS BILL

(Clauses 1 to 18, Clauses 95 to 120, Schedules 1, 2, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Parts I and VII)

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Mr Secretary Straw.

Mr Secretary Straw

To move, That the order in which proceedings in Committee of the whole House on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill are to be taken shall be: Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 18, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part I, Clauses 95 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 120, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part VII.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

6

Schedule     1,     page     94,     line     9,     at end insert—

        'Powers

            1A. The Commission may do anything (except borrow money) which is calculated to facilitate, or is incidental or conducive to, the carrying out of any of their functions.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell

1

Schedule     1,     page     94,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(4A) An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office if he accepts nomination for office on any elected public body.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell

2

Schedule     1,     page     94,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(4B) An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office if he takes up any office of profit under the Crown.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell

3

Schedule     1,     page     95,     line     44,     at end insert—

      '(g) he has accepted nomination for office on any elected public body

      (h) he takes up any office of profit under the Crown.'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

35

*Schedule     1,     page     98,     line     14,     after '17(8)', insert 'or by the Scottish Parliament in pursuance of section [Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland](8).'.


   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

17

*Clause     2,     page     2,     leave out lines 6 to 20 and insert—

    '(2) The Speaker's Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of House of Commons, a nominee of the Leader of the Opposition and three other members appointed by the House of Commons, none of whom shall be a Minister of the Crown.'.


   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

18

*Schedule     2,     page     102,     leave out lines 17 to 21.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

19

*Schedule     2,     page     102,     leave out lines 34 to 40 and insert—

    '3.—(1) The Speaker of the House of Commons shall be the chairman of the Speaker's Committee.

    (2) The Committee may appoint a member of the Committee to act as Chairman at any meeting of the Committee in the absence of the Speaker.

    (3) In the case of a vote being taken in the Committee and the result being a tie, the Chairman of the Committee for the time being shall have the casting vote.'.


   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

20

*Clause     3,     page     2,     line     36,     leave out 'chairman of the'

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Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

21

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(7) At least three members of the Commission (one of whom shall be the Chairman of the Commission appointed under section 1(5)) shall be drawn from the following categories:

      (1) judges or retired judges of the High Court of England and Wales

      (2) judges or retired judges of the Court of Session of Scotland

      (3) judges or retired judges of the High Court of Northern Ireland

      (4) Lords Justices of Appeal of England and Wales

      (5) Lords of Appeals in Ordinary

      (6) the Comptroller and Auditor General

      (7) the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      (8) the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

22

*Clause     3,     page     3,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(7) No serving or former member of the House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the European Parliament shall be eligible for appointment as an Electoral Commissioner.'.


   

Mr David Maclean

37

*Clause     5,     page     4,     line     6,     at end insert—

    '( ) Any report submitted to the Secretary of State under subsections (1) and (2) shall be—

      (a) placed in the House of Commons Library on the same day as it is presented to the Secretary of State; and

      (b) debated in the House of Commons within one month of the day it is presented to the Secretary of State.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

38

*Clause     5,     page     4,     line     7,     leave out subsection (3).

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

23

*Clause     5,     page     4,     line     7,     after 'however', insert 'save with the consent of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly (as the case may be)'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

24

*Clause     5,     page     4,     line     26,     at end add—

      '(iv) local government elections in Scotland (with the consent of the Scottish Parliament); and'.


   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

25

*Clause     6,     page     4,     line     30,     after 'Commission', insert ', and secure its approval'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

27

*Clause     6,     page     5,     line     8,     leave out '(2)' and insert '(3)'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

26

*Clause     6,     page     5,     line     10,     after 'Commission', add 'and the Commission's approval has been given'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

7

Clause     8,     page     5,     line     35,     leave out 'on request'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

28

*Clause     8,     page     6,     line     28,     after 'Scotland', insert 'unless the Scottish Parliament requests otherwise'.


   

Mr Martin Linton

11

*Clause     9,     page     6,     line     42,     leave out from 'broadcasts' to end of line 2 on page 7.

   

Mr Martin Linton

10

*Clause     9,     page     7,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the ultimate responsibility of the ITC, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Radio Authorities or Sianel Pedwar Cymru for their respective services.'.


   

Mr Martin Linton

4

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     16,     leave out from 'party' to end of line 20.

   

Mr Martin Linton

5

Clause     10,     page     8,     line     5,     leave out '2' and insert '10'.

   

Mr David Maclean

39

*Clause     10,     page     8,     line     7,     leave out subsection (9).


   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

29

*Clause     11,     page     8,     leave out line 10 and insert—

      '(a) the electoral systems in use for the time being in the elections mentioned in section 19(3).'.

   

Mr David Maclean

40

*Clause     11,     page     8,     leave out line 10 and insert—

      '(a) the electoral system to be used for each election held in the United Kingdom;'.

   

Mr David Maclean

41

*Clause     11,     page     8,     leave out line 11 and insert—

      '(b) the systems of local government and national government in operation in the United Kingdom.'.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

30

*Clause     11,     page     8,     line     11,     leave out from 'government' to end of line 12.

   

Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter

33

*Clause     11,     page     8,     line     11,     after 'government', insert 'in use in the United Kingdom'.

   

Mr David Maclean

43

*Clause     11,     page     8,     line     11,     leave out from second 'government' to end of line 12.

 
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