Amendments proposed to the Politial Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Annual registration of overseas voters

   

Mr Martin Linton
Mr Andrew Stunell

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000) is amended in accordance with this section.

    (2) In subsection (3) of section 1 (Extension of parliamentary franchise) leave out paragraph (c) and after paragraph (d) insert the words "and

    (dd) he makes a declaration under and in accordance with section 2 of this Act within five years ceasing to be resident in the United Kingdom and he continues to register in each succeeding year.".

    (3) For subsection (4)(a) of section 1 (Extension of parliamentary franchise) substitute—

      "(a) he makes a declaration under and in accordance with section 2 of this Act within five years of ceasing to be resident in the United Kingdom and he continues to register in each succeeding year,".'.


Annual registration for overseas voters: peers

   

Mr Martin Linton

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000) is amended in accordance with this section.

    (2) In subsection (3) of section 3 (Extension of franchise for European Parliamentary elections) for paragraph (c) substitute—

      "(c) either that entry in the register was in force at any time falling within the period of 20 years ending immediately before the relevant date, or he makes a declaration under and in accordance with section 2 of this Act within five years of ceasing to be resident in the United Kingdom and he continues to register in each succeeding year,"

    (3) In subsection (4) of section 3 (Extension of franchise for European Parliamentary elections) for paragraph (a) substitute—

      "(a) either he was last resident in the United Kingdom within the period of 20 years ending immediately before the relevant date, or he makes a declaration under and in accordance with section 2 of this Act within five years of ceasing to be resident in the United Kingdom and he continues to register in each succeeding year".'.


Extension of franchise for employees of international organisations

   

Mr Martin Linton
Mr Andrew Stunell

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) Subsection (1) of section 14 (Service qualification) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 is amended in accordance with this section.

    (2) In paragraph (c) the words "or an international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member" are inserted after the words "British Council".

    (3) After paragraph (e) the words "(f) is a person under the age of 25 who is resident with a parent qualifying under any paragraph (a) to (e) above," are inserted.'.


Representation of the People Act 1985

   

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

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1) The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000) is amended as follows.

    (2) after subsection (5) of section 1 add:

    "(6)(a) Any person who was registered as an elector under this section at the end of the period of five years beginning with the date that he ceased to be resident in the United Kingdom and who registers in each succeeding year, shall be entitled to vote for the purposes of this section notwithstanding the fact that the period of time referred to in subsection 3(c) or subsection 4(a), as the case may be, has expired, provided that he satisfies the other relevant requirements of this section.

      (b) In respect of any person who by reason only of his age was incapable of being included in any register of parliamentary electors in force on the last day on which he was resident in the United Kingdom, the period of five years referred to in subsection (a) shall be taken as commencing on the day he ceased to be incapable of being so included by reason of his age.".

    (3) After subsection (9) of section 3 add:

    "(10)(a) Any person who was registered as an elector under this section at the end of the period of five years beginning with the date that he ceased to be resident in the United Kingdom and who registers in each succeeding year, shall be entitled to vote for the purposes of this section notwithstanding the fact that the period of time referred to in subsection 3(c) or subsection 4(a), as the case may be, has expired, provided that he satisfies the other relevant requirements of this section.

      (b) In respect of any person who by reason only of his age was incapable of being included in any register of local government electors in force on the last day on which he was resident in the United Kingdom, the period of five years referred to in subsection (a) shall be taken as commencing on the day he ceased to be incapable of being so included by reason of his age.".'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

84

Page     98,     line     30     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '(8) Until such time as the Commission may determine, the Commission's chief executive appointed under sub-paragraph (7) may incur expenditure and do other things in the name and on behalf of the Commission, whether or not the membership of the Commission has yet to be constituted in accordance with section 1.

    (9) The power conferred by sub-paragraph (8) shall be exercisable by that person subject to and in accordance with any directions given to him by the Secretary of State.'.


   

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

140

Page     99,     line     21     [Schedule     1],     at end insert 'or by the Scottish Parliament in pursuance of section [Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland] (8)'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

85

Page     102,     line     5     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '(6) The Secretary of State may designate any member of the Commission's staff or other person to be the Commission's accounting officer until such time as the first designation made under sub-paragraph (1) takes effect.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

3

Page     2,     line     6     [Clause     2],     at end insert 'the Speaker of the House of Commons, who shall be the chairman of the Committee, and the following other members, namely'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

4

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     leave out 'six' and insert 'five'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

86

Page     103,     line     20     [Schedule     2],     leave out 'Commission' and insert 'Committee'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

87

Page     103,     line     25     [Schedule     2],     at end insert—

      '(aa) the Speaker of the House of Commons;'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

88

Page     103,     line     41     [Schedule     2],     leave out paragraph 3.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

89

Page     104,     line     9     [Schedule     2],     at end insert—

    '(3) 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.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

5

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     3],     leave out 'chairman of the Speaker's Committee' and insert 'Speaker of the House of Commons'.


   

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

141

Page     4,     line     7     [Clause     5],     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)'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

6

Page     4,     line     21     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '(4A) Each report made by the Commission under this section shall be published by them in such manner as they may determine.'.

   

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

142

Page     4,     line     26     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

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


   

Mr Secretary Straw

7

Page     5,     line     7     [Clause     6],     at end insert—

          '(i) an order under section 17A(3) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (free delivery of election addresses at elections to the Greater London Authority).'.


   

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

143

Page     6,     line     31     [Clause     8],     at end insert 'unless the Scottish Parliament requests otherwise'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

8

Page     6,     line     45     [Clause     9],     leave out from 'broadcasts,' to end of line 5 on page 7.


   

Mr Martin Linton

160

Page     7,     line     19     [Clause     10],     leave out from 'party' to end of line 23.

 
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