Amendments proposed to the Regional Assembles (preparations)bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

28

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     20,     leave out 'question' and insert 'questions'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

29

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     21,     leave out 'is' and insert 'are'.

   

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

55

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A supplementary question shall be asked of persons eligible to vote whose address on the electoral register is in the administrative area of a district council for any area in which both district and county councils have functions.

    (1B)   The supplementary question referred to in subsection (1A) is—

      (a) "do you agree with the proposals to re-organise local government in your area into unitary authorities which the Government intends to implement if an elected regional assembly is established".'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

26

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     23,     leave out 'an' and insert 'a directly'.

   

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

19

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     23,     at end insert '(the (insert name of region) region comprises (insert names of all counties, metropolitan boroughs and unitary authority districts within the region))'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

30

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '( )   Do you agree with the recommendations of the Boundary Committee for England to reorganise (insert name of county council) and (insert name of district council or district councils) into a single tier of local government for your area?'.

   

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

11

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '(2)   The question on the ballot paper shall be preceded by a statement, in a form to be prescribed by the Electoral Commission, conveying such information as the Electoral Commission believe is requisite to enable electors to understand the question and to ensure that electors understand the conclusions of the Boundary Committee review of the region.

    (3)   The statement to be prescribed under subsection (2) may not include any statement about the intended functions or powers of the proposed elected assembly unless such functions and powers are defined in an Act of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

31

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out subsection (2).

   

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

54

Clause     2,     page     2,     leave out line 26 and insert—

       'This referendum is advisory only. The Secretary of State will decide, after considering the referendum result, whether to establish an elected assembly for the'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

49

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     27,     leave out from second 'region', to 'be' in line 30 and insert 'If an elected assembly is established, it is intended that—

      (a) the elected assembly would be responsible for a range of activities currently carried out mainly by central government bodies, including regional economic development; and

      (b) local government would'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

50

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     29,     leave out from 'development' to end of line 33.

   

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

20

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     33,     at end add 'It is not proposed to establish an elected regional assembly in any region until at least three regions have voted in favour of the establishment of such assemblies in referenda conducted pursuant to section 1 above.'.

   

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

22

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     33,     at end add—

       'In the [insert name of region] region this will entail the abolition of [insert names of local authorities recommended by the Boundary Committee report to be abolished] and the creation of [insert number of new unitary authorities recommended by the Boundary Committee report to be created] new unitary authorities.

       The table below shows how the new unitary authorities recommended by the Boundary Committee will relate to the authorities to be abolished—


Name of new Unitary AuthorityOld authority areas or parts of old authority areas included
[insert name of each new Unitary Authority as recommended by the Boundary Committee][insert name of each constitutent existing local authority district or ward]'.

   

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

23

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     33,     at end add—

       'It is not proposed to proceed with the establishment of elected regional assemblies in any region where less than twenty-five per cent. of the persons eligible to vote in a referendum vote in favour of the establishment of an elected regional assembly for the region.'.

   

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

38

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     33,     at end add—

       'The Boundary Committee has recommended to the Secretary of State that if an elected regional assembly for the [name of region] region is established, the electoral districts which would return directly elected members to the assembly would be as shown below:


Name of Electoral DistrictDescription of areas includedApproximate number of electors
[insert name of each electoral district recommended by the Boundary Committee pursuant to s. 19(3)][insert description of the districts/wards or other administrative units included][insert approximate number of electors in each proposed district]

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

51

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     33,     at end insert—

    '(3)   In those parts of the region that currently have both county and district councils the following additional question shall be asked—

             Do you agree with the proposal to re-organise the county and district councils in your area into a single unitary tier of local government.'.


   

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

48

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     36,     leave out from 'at' to second 'the' in line 37 and insert 'a parliamentary election in any parliamentary constituency, any part of which falls within the region and his address on the electoral register falls within'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

25

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Where there is a proposal to reorganise local government, only people living in the relevant local government areas may vote on such a proposal.'.

   

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

12

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     38,     leave out subsections (2) and (3).


   

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

47

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     7,     at end add 'after taking account of the advice of the Electoral Commission as to the period required for the proper conduct of the referendum having regard to all relevant circumstances'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Matthew Green

27

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     7,     at end add—

    '( )   Any order issued under subsection (1) above must set a referendum period lasting not less than 30 days, excluding weekends and bank holidays.'.

RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2002

Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Robin Cook That the following provisions shall apply to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill:

Committal

1. Clauses 1 to 4 of the Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

2. The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Programming of proceedings

3. All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings or consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed.

Proceedings

4. Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in one day.

5 (1) Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 19th December 2002.

     (2) The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

6. When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee, have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.

Consideration and Third Reading

7. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

8. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

9. Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.


RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
[12TH DECEMBER]

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill,—The Chairman of Ways and Means reported from the Programming Committee, That it had come to a Resolution in respect of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses 1 to 4), which it had directed him to report to the House:

That, pursuant to the Programme Order of 26th November 2002 relating to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Clauses 1 to 4), proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be brought to a conclusion (so far as not previously concluded) by the times specified in the Table—

TABLE

ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Clause 1Two and a half hours after the commencement of any proceedings on a motion relating to this Resolution
Clause 2Five hours after the commencement of such proceedings
Clause 3Five and a half hours after the commencement of such proceedings
Clause 4Six hours after the commencement of such proceedings


 
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