Amendments proposed to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

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Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The pilot order may make provision for—

      (a) all-postal voting; or

      (b) any combination of postal voting and voting in person at a polling station,

       but may not make provision for any other manner of conducting an election.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

18

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     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 any building or location in a local authority area if the relevant local authority affected objects to it.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

19

Page     2,     line     14     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

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

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

20

Page     2,     line     22     [Clause     2],     after 'area', insert 'within 14 days'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

21

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

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

22

Page     2,     line     36     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

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

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

2

Page     2,     line     37     [Clause     4],     leave out from 'consult' to 'in' in line 38 and insert 'each relevant local authority in the region'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

23

Page     2,     line     37     [Clause     4],     leave out 'such relevant' and insert 'all'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

24

Page     2,     line     38     [Clause     4],     leave out 'as they consider appropriate'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

3

Page     2,     line     39     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In the case of all-postal ballots, the Electoral Commission must consult with the postal authorities involved concerning the efficacy of the arrangements.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

25

Page     3,     line     1     [Clause     4],     leave out 'relevant'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

26

Page     3,     line     3     [Clause     4],     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 David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

27

Page     3,     line     5     [Clause     4],     after 'for', insert 'independently'.

   

Mr David Heath
Annette Brooke

4

Page     3,     line     5     [Clause     4],     leave out 'voters' and insert 'electors'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

28

Page     3,     line     8     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

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

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

29

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

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

30

Page     3,     line     10     [Clause     4],     after 'an', insert 'independent'.

   

Mr Christopher Leslie

48

*Page     3,     line     18     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '()   The report must also include an assessment as to the following matters relating to the requirement by virtue of section 2 to provide polling progress information—

      (a) its effect on the campaigning of candidates and political parties;

      (b) the use made by candidates and political parties of the information;

      (c) the views of electors and political parties about the provision of the information (including views as to its effect on turnout of voters and use of the information by candidates and political parties);

      (d) its effect on the conduct and administration of the election.'

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

31

Page     3,     line     18     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

      '(f) facilitated voting for those with disabilities, having consulted such organisations or individuals representing disabled people as the Commission considers appropriate.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

32

Page     3,     line     19     [Clause     4],     after 'Commission', insert ', all the local authorities in the areas affected by any pilots and all the national political parties contesting the elections'.

   

Mr Christopher Leslie

49

*Page     3,     line     22     [Clause     4],     leave out 'voters' and insert 'electors'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

33

Page     3,     line     22     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(7A)   The report must include a statement by the Commission of the views of the candidates and the political parties on the conduct of the election and on the impact of the pilot scheme on the turnout and result.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

34

Page     3,     line     22     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(7A)   The assessment must also include any other published reports which are relevant to the matters listed in subsection (7).'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

35

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     4],     leave out from 'report' to end and insert 'in a timely manner'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

36

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(8A)   The Secretary of State must publish a response to the report within three months and must place a copy of the report in the Library of each House of Parliament. The report must be debated in each House not more than one month after it is published.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

37

Page     4,     line     16     [Clause     6],     at end add—

    '(4)   A person convicted of an offence referred to in this section shall, in addition to any other penalty imposed by a court, be disqualified from voting in any election in the United Kingdom for a period of 10 years.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

42

Page     5,     line     26     [Clause     10],     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

43

Page     5     [Clause     10],     leave out line 33.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

44

Page     5,     line     34     [Clause     10],     after '1', insert 'or 2'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

45

Page     5,     line     37     [Clause     10],     leave out subsection (6).


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

46

Page     6,     line     7     [Clause     11],     at end insert—

      '(c) any expenses of any local authorities incurred under this Act or other Acts or orders making any changes in connection with the holding of the European parliamentary general election of 2004 and any local government elections held on the same day as that European parliamentary general election.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

38

Page     7,     line     3     [Schedule],     leave out paragraph 1.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

39

Page     7,     line     29     [Schedule],     at end insert—

    '(4)   In the event of a poll having to be postponed under the provisions of sub-paragraph (3), any expenditure incurred by a candidate shall be disregarded for the purposes of keeping within the maximum permitted expenditure.'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

40

Page     8,     line     12     [Schedule],     at end insert—

    '(5)   In the event of a poll having to be postponed under the provisions of sub-paragraph (3), any expenditure incurred by a candidate shall be disregarded for the purposes of keeping within the maximum permitted expenditure.'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Hawkins

41

Page     8,     line     31     [Schedule],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   In the event of a poll having to be postponed under the provisions of sub-paragraph (4), any expenditure incurred by a candidate shall be disregarded for the purposes of keeping within the maximum permitted expenditure.'.


 
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