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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE

REGIONAL ASSEMBLIES (PREPARATIONS) BILL

(Clauses Nos. 1 to 4)


   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

45

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (3)'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'in a region specified in the order' and insert 'throughout England'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

37

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     leave out 'of' to end of line 7 and insert 'elected assemblies in the English regions'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

13

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert 'provided that no previous referendum under this section has been held in the region specified in the order'

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

32

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert 'but only after the Boundary Committee for England have reviewed the numbers and boundaries of the regions specified in Schedule 1 to the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 and reported any recommended changes to the Secretary of State within twelve months of the day on which this Act has passed.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

41

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert 'provided that no previous referendum under this section has been held in the region specified in the order within the period of ten years prior to the referendum date.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green
Andrew George
Matthew Taylor
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Colin Breed

52

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '( )   The Secretary of State may by order vary the regional boundaries set out in the Regional Development Agencies Act (1998).

    ( )   It is immaterial whether more or fewer regions are created as a result.'.

   

Andrew George
Matthew Taylor
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Colin Breed

53

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert—

       'The Secretary of State may by order cause a referendum to be held in Cornwall about the establishment of an elected assembly for Cornwall.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

40

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     after 'referendum', insert 'and the referendum period for the purposes of Part 7 of the 2000 Act (which shall not be less than 60 days)'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

46

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     leave out subsections (3) to (8) and insert—

    '(3)   No order under subsection 1 shall be made unless—

      (a) a review of the boundaries of the regions in England has been conducted in accordance with section [regional boundaries]; and

      (b) an Act setting out the powers and functions of elected regional assemblies shall have received Royal Assent; and

      (c) the Secretary of State has concluded on the basis of the evidence available to him that there is substantial support from the business community within the region for the holding of such a referendum; and

      (d) the Secretary of State has commissioned and published a report by an independent auditor expressing his opinion that, on the basis of the information available to him at the time of his report, no additional public expenditure overall would be incurred as a result of the proposed implementation of elected regional assembles and the associate reorganisation of local government in the region'.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

35

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out from 'unless' to end of line and insert 'the condition in subsection (4) below is satisfied in relation to the region.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

43

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out 'two'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

44

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     leave out from 'satisfied' to end.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

36

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out 'first'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

24

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out from 'has' to end of line 12 and insert 'concluded on the basis of the evidence available that it is probable that at least twenty-five per cent. of the persons eligible to vote in a referendum held pursuant to section 1 would vote in favour of an elected regional assembly for the region if such a referendum were held.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     12,     leave out 'in the region'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

33

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     leave out subsection (5) and insert—

    '(5)   The second condition is that, before the first order is made under subsection (1), a one-off review of the numbers and boundaries of the regions specified in Schedule 1 to the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 shall have been completed by the Boundary Committee for England and the Secretary of State shall have implemented any recommendations proposed by that review.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

34

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     leave out subsection (5).

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

42

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     leave out 'the region' and insert 'each of the regions'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

15

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     at end add—

    '(5A)   The third condition is that an Act setting out the powers and functions of elected regional assemblies shall have received Royal Assent.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

17

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     at end add—

    '(5A)   The third condition is that the Secretary of State has concluded on the basis of the evidence available to him that there is substantial support from the business community within the region for the holding of such a referendum.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

18

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     at end add—

    '(5A)    The third condition is that the Secretary of State has commissioned and published a report by an independent auditor expressing the opinion that, on the basis of the information available to him at the time of his report, no additional public expenditure overall would be incurred as a result of the proposed implementation of elected regional assemblies and the associated reorganisation of local government in the region.'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

9

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     1,     leave out subsections (6) and (7).

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

4

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     4,     leave out 'in relation to the region'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

5

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     6,     leave out 'in the region'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

6

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     10,     leave out from 'State' to 'thinks'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

10

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     12,     leave out 'if subsection (6) does not apply'.

   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

7

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     16,     leave out subsection (9).


   

David Davis
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Phillip Hammond
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Desmond Swayne

39

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     20,     leave out from beginning to end of line 21 and insert 'Any order made pursuant to section 1 shall direct the Electoral Commission to determine the question or questions to be put in the referendum.'.

 
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