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Friday 3rd January 2003


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

STANDING COMMITTEE A

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (REPRESENTATION) BILL


   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     at end insert 'and Gibraltar'.

   

Mr William Cash

11

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     at end insert 'which total number shall not be altered by order or otherwise unless and until—

      (a) referendums have been held in each of the states whose governments have agreed to accede to the European Union and which in accordance with their constitutional arrangements are required to hold a referendum before accession and in each such state the electorate has voted in the affirmative to accede to the European Union; and

      (b) following the conclusion of all such referendums the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and the European Scrutiny Committee in the House of Commons and the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Lords have separately or jointly considered and reported on the matter and the House of Commons and the House of Lords have debated the said report or reports on a substantive motion.'.


   

Mr William Cash

12

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     16,     after '(1)', insert 'where following the debate or debates held under section 1(1) of the 2002 Act the question as to whether the total number of MEPs to be elected for the United Kingdom may be altered is determined in the affirmative.'.

   

Mr William Cash

13

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     16,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Mr William Cash

14

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     16,     after 'Commission', insert 'after consultation with the Boundary Committee of the said Commission and/or the Boundary Commissions as the case may be.'.

   

Mr William Cash

15

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     23,     leave out 'or anticipated change'.

   

Mr William Cash

16

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     23,     leave out 'under Community law' and insert 'in pursuance only of an express existing Treaty obligation.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

2

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert 'and Gibraltar'.

   

Mr William Cash

17

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     26,     after 'notice', insert 'which shall be a reasonable period of not less than three months'.

   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

3

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     29,     leave out from 'region' to 'MEPs' and insert '(other than Northern Ireland) is allocated at least four'.

   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

4

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     29,     leave out 'and' and insert—

      '(aa) Northern Ireland is allocated at least three MEPs; and'.

   

Mr William Cash

18

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Mr William Cash

19

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     34,     at end insert—

      '(aa) shall be debated by each House on a substantive motion; and'.


   

Mr William Cash

20

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     20,     after '(1)', insert 'where following the debate or debates held under section 1(1) of the 2002 Act the question as to whether the total number of MEPs to be elected for the United Kingdom may be altered is determined in the affirmative,'.

   

Mr William Cash

21

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     20,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor', and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Mr William Cash

22

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     20,     leave out 'under Community law' and insert 'in pursuance only of an express existing Treaty obligation'.

   

Mr William Cash

23

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     28,     leave out '(4) to (6)'.

   

Mr William Cash

24

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     32,     leave out '(including provision modifying any Act)'.

   

Mr William Cash

25

*Clause     4,     page     3,     line     34,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State'.


   

Mr William Cash

26

*Clause     5,     page     3,     line     39,     after 'Act', insert 'or any other Act'.

   

Mr William Cash

27

*Clause     5,     page     4,     line     1,     leave out subsections (4) to (7) and insert—

    '(4)   If a motion for the approval of a draft order is rejected by either House or withdrawn by leave of the House the Secretary of State shall not recommence the procedures provided under sections 2 to 5 of this Act.'.


   

Mr William Cash

38

*Schedule,     page     13,     line     7,     after 'must', insert 'after consultation with the Boundary Committee of the said Commission and/or the Boundary Commissions as the case may be'.

   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

10

Schedule,     page     13,     line     14,     after 'least', insert 'four MEPs, except that Northern Ireland is entitled to be allocated at least'.

   

Mr William Cash

31

*Schedule,     page     13,     line     21,     at end insert 'and shall be debated by each House on a substantive motion.'.

   

Mr William Cash

32

*Schedule,     page     14,     line     12,     after 'House', insert 'on a substantive motion'.

   

Mr William Cash

33

*Schedule,     page     14,     line     16,     leave out '(including provision modifying any provision made by or under any Act)'.

   

Mr William Cash

34

*Schedule,     page     14,     line     18,     after 'Commission', insert 'after consultation with the Boundary Committee of the said Commission and/or the Boundary Commissions as the case may be'.

   

Mr William Cash

35

*Schedule,     page     14,     line     21,     leave out paragraph 4 and insert—

    '4.   If a motion for the approval of a draft order under paragraph 3 is rejected by either House or withdrawn by leave of the House the Secretary of State shall not recommence the procedure under the Act.'.


   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

5

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


   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

6

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     11,     leave out 'and' and insert 'or'.

   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

7

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     16,     leave out from 'Governor' to end of line 17 and insert 'Chief Minister and the House of Assembly of Gibraltar, and representatives of political parties established in Gibraltar which it expects to seek registration under section 11(3)'.


   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

8

Clause     21,     page     10,     line     41,     leave out from 'Kingdom' to end of line 43.


   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

9

Clause     23,     page     11,     line     31,     after 'Act', insert 'shall be exercised by a Minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department who is a Member of the House of Commons, and who is designated for that purpose, and'.

   

Mr William Cash

28

*Page     11,     line     30,     leave out Clause 23.


   

Mr William Cash

29

*Clause     24,     page     11,     line     35,     at end insert '"consult" and "consultation" mean paying due regard to the views expressed and includes publishing the reasons of the Secretary of State, following such consultation, for the making of an order under this Act and the 2002 Act no sooner than three months before making the order.'.


   

Mr William Cash

30

*Clause     25,     page     12,     line     3,     after '(3)', insert 'Subject to the provisions of this Act and the 2002 Act,'.

   

Mr William Cash

36

*Clause     25,     page     12,     line     6,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Mr William Cash

37

*Clause     25,     page     12,     line     8,     leave out 'Lord Chancellor' and insert 'Secretary of State'.


NEW CLAUSES

Recommendations by Electoral Commission relating to methods of election of United Kingdom MEPs
   

Mr David Heath
Bob Russell

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Before making any recommendation as to the distribution of MEPs between the electoral regions under section 2, the Electoral Commission shall—

      (a) review the methods of election of MEPs currently used;

      (b) make an assessment of the efficacy of the methods of election in ensuring (i) proportionality; (ii) accountability; and (iii) effectivness of representations;

      (c) make such recommendations to the Lord Chancellor as it shall determine.

    (2)   A recommendation under this section must be published by the Electoral Commission and laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor.'.



 
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