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Thursday 30th October 2003

STANDING COMMITTEE B


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY AND LOCAL ELECTIONS (PILOTS) BILL

RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRAMMING SUB-COMMITTEE

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on 28th October 2003 (Sessional Order C relating to Programming (28th June 2001)):—

That—

    (1)   during further proceedings on the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill, the Standing Committee, in addition to its sittings on Tuesday 28th October and Thursday 30th October at 9.30 a.m., do meet—

      (a) on Thursday 30th October at 2.15 p.m.; and

      (b) on Tuesday 4th November at 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.;

    (2)   further proceedings shall be taken in the following order, namely Clause 1 (so far as not already considered), Clauses 2 to 8, the Schedule, Clauses 9 to 13, New Clauses and New Schedules, and remaining proceedings on the Bill;

    (3)   the proceedings, so far as not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4th November 2003.

Mr Christopher Leslie has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee (Sessional Order C(9) relating to Programming (28th June 2001)).


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

17

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

18

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end insert 'and all the local authorities in the area covered by the pilot, and unless both Houses of Parliament have had an opportunity to consider the views of those bodies and to debate the matter.'.

   

Sir Teddy Taylor

43

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end insert 'and until steps are taken to rearrange the European Parliament elections so that there are separate constituencies each represented by one Member of the European Parliament'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

19

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

45

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     14,     leave out from '2004' to end of line 15.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

46

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     18,     leave out from 'election' to end.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

21

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     19,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

47

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     1,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

1

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end add—

      '(c) Scotland.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

20

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end add—

      '(c) any two regions with a common boundary.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

48

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end add—

      '(c) any region which does not meet the criteria identified by the Electoral Commission for inclusion as a pilot region'.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

22

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     6,     leave out 'must' and insert 'may'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

2

Clause     2,     page     2,     leave out lines 12 and 13.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

3

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     13,     leave out from 'poll)' to end of line 14.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

4

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   Before including in a pilot order provisions for voting at places other than polling stations, the Secretary of State must consult all affected local authorities, and must not make such an order about a place in a local authority area if the local authority affected objects to it.'.

   

Sir Teddy Taylor

44

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The pilot order must make provision for the ballot paper to give electors an opportunity to demonstrate that they do not wish to vote for any party or candidate.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

49

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The pilot order may make additional provisions for the conduct of an election to which section 1 applies for the purposes of preventing electoral fraud or malpractice.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

50

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(3B)   If the pilot order makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day under subsection (3)(a), the Secretary of State must also make an order requiring a register to be available to candidates in the election and their agents at the end of each day showing those electors who have at that time voted in the election.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

52

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(3C)   The pilot order must make provision to ensure that those with disabilities are able to exercise their vote independently and in secret.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

5

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     after 'area', insert 'within 14 days'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

24

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     leave out from 'area' to end and insert 'so as to provide the maximum amount of information in the simplest form possible to electors, especially the elderly and the disabled, and to ensure that all electors are made aware that they can choose to vote in the traditional way in a ballot box at a location convenient to them (which local authorities and returning officers shall be under a duty to make available) on the main polling day for the relevant election nationally, if they wish to do so.'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

51

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     22,     at end insert ', and must ensure that the order is made available in a form accessible to those with disabilities.'.


   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

53

Page     2,     line     25,     leave out Clause 3.


   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

6

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     36,     at end insert—

      '(c) the impact of the pilot scheme on the campaigns of the candidates and on the political parties.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

25

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     37,     leave out 'such relevant' and insert 'all'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

54

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     37,     leave out 'such' and insert 'all'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire
Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

26

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     38,     leave out 'as they consider appropriate'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

55

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     38,     leave out 'they consider' and insert 'it considers'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

7

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out 'relevant'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

27

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     3,     at end insert 'provided that the Secretary of State has provided, to all local authorities in all regions affected, funding amounting to the total costs incurred by each local authority in implementing this legislation and all other Acts and orders relating to pilots.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

8

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     5,     after 'for', insert 'independently'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

28

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     7,     after 'Commission', insert 'and to the police'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

57

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     8,     at end insert—

      '(c) making arrangements for the inspection of ballot papers or electronic voting to ascertain whether there if evidence (even where no allegation has been made to that effect) of personation or other electoral offences or malpractice.'.

   

Mr William Cash
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

29

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     9,     at end insert 'and full details of the responses of local authorities both under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (4) and generally.'.

 
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