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Care of Older and Incapacitated People (Human Rights)

Mr. Paul Burstow accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Human Rights Act 1998 to extend the definition of public authority to include any body that is regulated under the Care Standards Act; to provide for clear nutritional standards to apply in all establishments providing care for older people; to place certain duties on the Food Standards Agency; to make provision in relation to mentally incapacitated persons; to confer new functions on local authorities in relation to persons in need of care or protection; and for connected purposes: And the same was read a First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 3 March, and to be printed [Bill 112].


 
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Orders of the Day

Electoral Administration Bill

[Relevant documents: First Joint Report from the Constitutional Affairs and ODPM: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committees, Session 2004–05, HC 243-I and -II, on Electoral Registration; and the Government's response thereto, Cm 6647; Oral and written evidence taken by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Electoral Administration, Session 2005–06, HC 640-i and -ii; and the Fifth Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Session 2005–06, Session Electoral Administration Bill: Simplification of Donation Reporting Requirements, HC 807. ]

As amended in the Committee and in the Standing Committee, considered.

New Clause 14


Repeal of Personal Identifier Provisions



'(1)   This section applies if—



(a)   an order under section 15 has had effect in relation to one or more local authority areas,



(b)   the Electoral Commission has made a report about the operation of the order, and



(c)   no order has been made under section 71(2) for the purposes of any of the personal identifier provisions.



(2)   The Secretary of State may, by order, repeal sections 13 to 17 and this section.



(3)   The power to make an order under subsection (2) is exercisable by statutory instrument, but no such order may be made unless a draft of the instrument containing the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.



(4)   The reference to the personal identifier provisions must be construed in accordance with section 15(13).'. —[Ms Harman.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

1.47 pm

The Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Ms Harriet Harman): I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Madam Deputy Speaker (Sylvia Heal): With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

New clause 1—Personal identifiers (absent voters)—



'(1)   In schedule 1 of the 1983 Act (parliamentary elections rules) in rule 24, at end insert—



"(2)   The prescribed form shall include provision for the form to be signed and, in the case of an elector, for stating his date of birth.".



(2)   In schedule 4 of the 2000 Act (absent voting in Great Britain), paragraph 3 is amended as follows—



(a)   after subparagraph (1)(a) insert—



"(   )   the applicant has provided personal identifiers in accordance with section 13E of the 1983 Act (personal identifiers), and";



(b)   after subparagraph (2)(b) insert—



"(   )   the applicant has provided personal identifiers in accordance with section 13E of the 1983 Act (personal identifiers), and".

 
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(3)   In schedule 4 of that Act (absent voting in Great Britain), paragraph 4 is amended as follows—



(a)   after subparagraph (1)(a) insert—



"(   )   the applicant has provided personal identifiers in accordance with section 13E of the 1983 Act (personal identifiers), and";



(b)   after subparagraph (2)(b) insert—



"(   )   the applicant has provided personal identifiers in accordance with section 13E of the 1983 Act (personal identifiers), and".'.

Amendment No. 1, in page 11, line 15 [Clause 13], at end insert



'and to whom section 13E (2A)(a) applies.'.

Amendment No. 6, in page 11, line 25 [Clause 13], at end insert



'and to whom section 13E (2A)(a) applies.'.

Amendment No. 7, in page 11, line 32 [Clause 13], at end insert



'and to whom section 13E (2A)(a) applies.'.

Amendment No. 8, in page 11, line 32 [Clause 13], at end insert—



'(2AA)   An application for alteration of registers may be made by any person already included in a register at an address who wishes to provide personal identifiers in accordance with section 13E.'.

Amendment No. 9, in page 11, line 34 [Clause 13], at end insert 'and (2AA).'.

Amendment No. 16, in page 12, line 35 [Clause 14], at end insert—



'(ba)   his national insurance number or a statement that he does not have one;'.

Amendment No. 10, in page 12, line 36 [Clause 14], at end insert—



'(2A)   In relation to England and Wales and Scotland—



(a)   in respect of any person wishing to be included in an absent voters list, personal identifiers in accordance with subsection (2) must be provided to the registration officer.



(b)   in respect of any person wishing to vote in person, personal identifiers in accordance with subsection (2) may be provided to a registration officer, but will not be required to be provided unless the Secretary of State by order so prescribes.'.

Amendment No. 11, in page 14, line 16, leave out Clause 15.

Amendment No. 12, in page 15, line 25, leave out Clause 16.

Amendment No. 13, in page 16, line 10, leave out Clause 17.

Amendment No. 14, in page 72 [Clause 71], leave out line 37 and insert—



'(   )   section 13;



(   )   section 14;'.

Government amendment No. 67


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