Amendments proposed to the Government of Wales Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Secretary Hain

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Schedule     12,     page     193,     line     33,     leave out from 'paragraph' to end of line 35 and insert '15(3), the words "to it".'.


NEW CLAUSES

Consultation about representation in European Union institutions

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams
Adam Price

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Within three months of the first Assembly election provided for under this Act, the Secretary of State for Wales must publish a document making proposals for increasing the representation of Wales in the UK Government's representation within European Union institutions, and consult the Assembly about that document.

    (2)   Within six months of the first Assembly election provided for under this Act, Her Majesty's Government shall consider and make decisions concerning increasing the representation of Wales in the UK Government's representation within European Union institutions.'.


Scheme for parliamentary legislative provisions

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams
Adam Price

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall draw up and publish a scheme setting out the arrangements Her Majesty's Government proposes to make in order to provide definitions of the scope within the provisions of Government bills introduced into Parliament for Assembly Measures to be introduced in accordance with sections 92 and 93.

    (2)   The scheme referred to in subsection (1) shall include guidance given to Ministers regarding—

      (a) the scope within legislation for matters to be determined by the Assembly or Welsh Ministers;

      (b) arrangements for making it readily apparent within legislation or any explanatory notes published by Ministers what the scope is for matters to be determined by the Assembly or Welsh Ministers.

    (3)   The Secretary of State shall amend or revise the scheme referred to in subsection (1) from time to time as he considers appropriate.

    (4)   The Secretary of State shall lay before the Assembly any scheme, or amendments to a scheme, made under this section.

    (5)   No scheme shall be made, amended or revised under this section unless the Assembly has first been consulted on such a scheme or amendments.'.


Public expenditure commission

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams
Adam Price

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Within three months of Royal Assent to this Act, Her Majesty's Government shall establish a commission to make recommendations concerning the future allocation of public expenditure among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    (2)   The commission referred to in subsection (1) shall be referred to as "the Public Expenditure Commission".

    (3)   The Public Expenditure Commission shall include two members appointed by each of the following—

      (a) the Scottish Parliament;

      (b) the National Assembly for Wales;

      (c) the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    (4)   The Public Expenditure Commission shall include four members appointed by the House of Commons.

    (5)   The Public Expenditure Commission shall publish, within one year following the establishment of the commission, a report setting out recommendations concerning the future allocation of government expenditure among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    (6)   The Public Expenditure Commission may consider and make recommendations concerning the geographical allocation of public expenditure within England.

    (7)   The Public Expenditure Commission shall be guided in its considerations by the principle that the geographical allocation of public expenditure should be governed by the geographical distribution of the need for public expenditure.

    (8)   The Public Expenditure Commission shall commission statistical research to enable it to carry out its duty under subsection (6).'.


Refusal to lay draft statutory instrument

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams
Adam Price

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    'In the event of approval of a draft statutory instrument by the Assembly, as specified in section 94 (5) (a), followed by a refusal to lay that draft statutory instrument before each House of Parliament, as specified in section 94 (7) (b), the Counsel General or the Assembly may refer to the Supreme Court for decision the question whether the Secretary of State's decision to refuse to lay the draft statutory instrument was made reasonably in the circumstances and intra vires.'.


Refusal to lay draft statutory instrument (No. 2)

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams
Adam Price

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    'In the event of a refusal within 60 days of the relevant Assembly resolution to lay a draft statutory instrument before each House of Parliament in accordance with section 108 (4) (a), the Counsel General or the Assembly may refer to the Supreme Court for decision the question whether the decision to refuse to lay the draft statutory instrument was made reasonably in the circumstances and intra vires.'.


Referendum about commencement of Assembly Measure provisions

   

Mrs Cheryl Gillan
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr David Mundell
Mr Patrick McLoughlin

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Her Majesty may by Order in Council cause a referendum to be held throughout Wales about whether the Assembly Measure provisions should come into force.

    (2)   If the majority of voters in a referendum held by virtue of subsection (1) vote in favour of the Assembly Measure provisions coming into force, the Assembly Measure provisions are to come into force in accordance with section 92.

    (3)   But if they do not, that does not prevent the making of a subsequent Order in Council under subsection (1).

    (4)   No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order in Council under subsection (1) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the Order in Council has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament and the Assembly.

    (5)   But subsection (4) is not satisfied unless the resolution of the Assembly is passed on a vote in which the number of Assembly members voting in favour of it is not less than two-thirds of the total number of Assembly seats.

    (6)   A draft of a statutory instrument containing an Order in Council under subsection (1) may not be laid before either House of Parliament, or the Assembly, until the Secretary of State has undertaken such consultation as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

    (7)   For further provision about referendums held by virtue of subsection (1) see Schedule 6.

    (8)   In this Act, "the Assembly Measure provisions" means sections 92 to 101.'.


Senedd constituencies

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Roger Williams
Mark Williams
Jenny Willott

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Senedd constituencies shall each be formed from more than one parliamentary constituency in Wales.

    (2)   Each Senedd constituency shall be comprised of no more than one-tenth and no less than one twenty-fifth of the eligible electorate of Wales.

    (3)   The Boundary Commission for Wales shall periodically recommend Senedd constituencies.'.


Elections and franchise

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Roger Williams
Mark Williams
Jenny Willott

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies to elections of members of the Assembly, including by-elections.

    (2)   Each vote in the poll at an election shall be a single transferable vote.

    (3)   A single transferable vote is a vote—

      (a) capable of being given so as to indicate the voter's order of preference for the candidates for election as members for the consituency; and

      (b) capable of being transferred to the next choice when the vote is not needed to give prior choice the necessary quota of votes or when a prior choice is eliminated from the list of candidates because of a deficiency in the number of votes given for him.'.


Allocation of funds

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Roger Williams
Mark Williams
Jenny Willott

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall appoint a panel of not less than four and not more than six experts to recommend the sums of money to be allocated to the Welsh Consolidated Fund.

    (2)   The Secretary of State shall publish in full the terms of any recommendations made under subsection (1).

    (3)   The panel shall have regard to—

      (a) the principle of fairness,

      (b) the principle of transparency, and

      (c) the particular needs of Wales.'.


Commencement of provisions relating to Welsh language

   

Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Adam Price
Hywel Williams

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   Sections 106 to 112 and 114 shall come into force on 1st April 2007 in respect of paragraph 20 of Schedule 7 (the Welsh language).

    (2)   Section 102 shall not apply to the commencement of subsection (1).'.


The business scheme

   

Jessica Morden
Huw Irranca-Davies

NC11

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Welsh Ministers must carry out consultation with organisations representative of business, organisations representative of employees and with such other organisations as they consider appropriate, having regard to the impact of the exercise by the Welsh Ministers of their functions on the interests of business.

    (2)   The Welsh Ministers must make a scheme ("the business scheme") setting out how they propose, in the exercise of their functions, to consult, sustain and promote business in Wales.

    (3)   In this section "organisations representative of business" means bodies that are—

      (a) membership based, and

      (b) constituted to represent the views of private sector businesses or individuals involved in business or both.

    (4)   In this section "organisations representative of employees" means bodies which are—

      (a) membership based,

      (b) represent the views of employees, and

      (c) registered with the Certification Officer.

    (5)   In determining the provision to be included in the business scheme, the Welsh Minister must consider how they intend to exercise such of their functions as relate to matters affecting, or of concern to, business and employees.

    (6)   The Welsh Ministers—

      (a) must keep the business scheme under review, and

      (b) may from time to time remake or revise it.

    (7)   In determining, remaking or revising the provisions to be included in the business scheme, the Welsh Ministers must have regard to any advice which has been given, and to any representations which have been made, to them by organisations representative of business and organisations representative of employees.

    (8)   The Welsh Ministers must publish the business scheme when they make it and whenever they remake it; and, if they revise the scheme without remaking it, they must publish either the revisions or the scheme as revised (as they consider appropriate).

    (9)   If the Welsh Ministers publish a scheme or revisions under subsection (8) they must lay a copy of the scheme or revisions before the Assembly.

    (10)   After each financial year the Welsh Ministers must—

      (a) publish a report of how the proposals set out in the business scheme were implemented in that financial year, and

      (b) lay a copy of the report before the Assembly.'.



 
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