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Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2010                  

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Counting of votes in parliamentary elections

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Mr Eric Pickles

 

NC98

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Representation of the People Act 1983 is amended as follows—

 

(2)    

In Schedule 1 (Parliamentary elections rules), in paragraph 44, after sub-

 

paragraph (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

The counting of votes in a parliamentary election shall start within four

 

hours of the close of the poll, save in exceptional circumstances.

 

(1B)    

The Secretary of State shall, after consulting the Electoral Commission,

 

prepare draft guidance on the definition of “exceptional circumstances”

 

for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1A).

 

(1C)    

The draft guidance prepared under sub-paragraph (1B) may not be issued

 

unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by both Houses of

 

Parliament.”’.

 


 

Reducing the size of Parliament: equal constituencies

 

Mr David Cameron

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

NC99

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Parliamentary Constituencies Act is amended as follows—

 

(2)    

For Schedule 2 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 substitute—

 

“Schedule 2

 

The rules

 

1    (1)  

The number of constituencies in the United Kingdom shall be reduced

 

by 10 per cent. from the figure existing on 1 July 2010.

 

      (2)  

A constituency shall be located wholly within one of—

 

(a)    

England,

 

(b)    

Wales,

 

(c)    

Scotland, or

 

(d)    

Northern Ireland.

 

      (3)  

The electorate of any constituency—

 

(a)    

shall be as near the electoral quota as is practicable, and all

 

other special geographical considerations, including in

 

particular the size, shape and accessibility of a constituency,

 

shall be subordinate to achieving this aim,


 
 

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(b)    

and shall in any case be no greater than 103.5 per cent. and no

 

less than 96.5 per cent. of the electoral quota, except where

 

this makes it impossible to meet the provisions of clause 2 of

 

this schedule.

 

      (4)  

In accordance with rules 1 to 3, the Commission may have regard to—

 

(a)    

local authority boundaries in England, Wales and Scotland,

 

and

 

(b)    

the boundaries of wards in Northern Ireland.

 

      (5)  

In the application of rule 3—

 

(a)    

the expression “electoral quota” means a number obtained by

 

dividing the electorate of the United Kingdom by the number

 

of constituencies in it,

 

(b)    

the expression “electorate” means in relation to a

 

constituency, the number of persons whose names will appear

 

on the register of parliamentary electors in force on the

 

enumeration date under the Representation of the People Acts

 

for the constituency.

 

(c)    

in calculating this number, the Boundary Commission shall

 

have regard to—

 

(i)    

the number of persons whose names appear on the

 

register of parliamentary electors in force, under the

 

Representation of the People Acts for the

 

constituency,

 

(ii)    

official local authority population forecasts provided

 

by the Statistics Board, and

 

(iii)    

any change in the number or distribution of the

 

electors likely to take place within five years from the

 

review,

 

(iv)    

in all cases, the most up to date official electoral and

 

statistical data available.

 

(d)    

the expression “electorate” means in relation to the United

 

Kingdom, the aggregate electorate as defined in subsection (b)

 

above of all the constituencies in the United Kingdom.

 

(e)    

the expression “enumeration date” means, in relation to any

 

report of the Boundary Commission under this Act, the date

 

on which the notice with respect to that report is published in

 

accordance with section 3 of this Act.

 

      (6)  

In this Schedule, a reference to a rule followed by a number is a

 

reference to the rule set out in the correspondingly numbered

 

paragraph of this Schedule.

 

2          

Each Boundary Commission shall, within eighteen months of the

 

passage of this Act submit a report to the Secretary of State under

 

section 3(1)(a) of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986.

 

3          

Section 3A of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 shall not

 

apply to a report required under section (2).”’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2010                  

812

 

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill, continued

 
 

Remaining New Schedules

 

David Howarth

 

Mr David Heath

 

Chris Huhne

 

NS2

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Single Transferable Vote System of Election for the House of Commons

 

First stage

 

1    (1)  

The returning officer shall sort the valid ballot papers into parcels according to

 

the candidates for whom first preference votes are given.

 

      (2)  

The returning officer shall then—

 

(a)    

count the number of ballot papers in each parcel;

 

(b)    

credit the candidate receiving the first preference vote with one vote

 

for each ballot paper; and

 

(c)    

record those numbers.

 

      (3)  

The returning officer shall also ascertain and record the total number of valid

 

ballot papers.

 

The quota

 

2    (1)  

The returning officer shall divide the total number of valid ballot papers for the

 

constituency by a number exceeding by one the number of members to be

 

elected at the election for that constituency.

 

      (2)  

The result of the division under paragraph (1) (ignoring any decimal places),

 

increased by one, is the number of votes needed to secure the return of a

 

candidate as a councillor (in this Schedule referred to as the “quota”).

 

Return of members of House of Commons

 

3    (1)  

Where, at any stage of the count, the number of votes for a candidate equals or

 

exceeds the quota, the candidate is deemed to be elected.

 

      (2)  

A candidate is returned as a member of the House of Commons when declared

 

to be elected in accordance with paragraph 8(1).

 

Transfer of ballot papers

 

4    (1)  

Where, at the end of any stage of the count, the number of votes credited to any

 

candidate exceeds the quota and, subject to paragraphs 5 and 8, one or more

 

vacancies remain to be filled, the returning officer shall sort the ballot papers

 

received by that candidate into further parcels so that they are grouped—

 

(a)    

according to the next available preference given on those papers; and

 

(b)    

where no such preference is given, as a parcel of non-transferable

 

papers.

 

      (2)  

The returning officer shall, in accordance with this paragraph and paragraph 5,

 

transfer each parcel of ballot papers referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) to the

 

continuing candidate for whom the next available preference is given on those

 

papers and shall credit such continuing candidates with an additional number

 

of votes calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (3).

 

      (3)  

The vote on each ballot paper transferred under sub-paragraph (2) shall have a

 

value (“the transfer value”) calculated as follows—


 
 

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A divided by B

 

Where A = the value which is calculated by multiplying the surplus of the

 

transferring candidate by the value of the ballot paper when received by that

 

candidate; and

 

            

B = the total number of votes credited to that candidate, the calculation being

 

made to five decimal places (any remainder being ignored).

 

      (4)  

For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)—

 

(a)    

“transferring candidate” means the candidate from who the ballot

 

paper is being transferred; and

 

(b)    

“the value of the ballot paper” means—

 

(i)    

for a ballot paper on which a first preference vote is given for

 

the transferring candidate, one; and

 

(ii)    

in all other cases, the transfer value of the ballot paper when

 

received by the transferring candidate.

 

Transfer of ballot papers—supplementary provisions

 

5    (1)  

If, at the end of any stage of the count, the number of votes credited to two or

 

more candidates exceeds the quota the returning officer shall—

 

(a)    

first sort the ballot papers of the candidate with the highest surplus;

 

and

 

(b)    

then transfer the transferable papers of that candidate.

 

      (2)  

If the surpluses determined in respect of two or more candidates are equal, the

 

transferable papers of the candidate who had the highest number of votes at the

 

end of the most recent preceding stage at which they had unequal numbers of

 

votes shall be transferred first.

 

      (3)  

If the numbers of votes credited to two or more candidates were equal at all

 

stages of the count, the returning officer shall decide, by lot, which candidate’s

 

transferable papers are to be transferred first.

 

Exclusion of candidates

 

6    (1)  

If one or more vacancies remain to be filled and—

 

(a)    

the returning officer has transferred all ballot papers which are

 

required by paragraph 5 or this paragraph to be transferred; or

 

(b)    

there are no ballot papers to be transferred under paragraph 5 or this

 

paragraph, the returning officer shall exclude from the election at that

 

stage the candidate with the then lowest number of votes.

 

      (2)  

The returning officer shall sort the ballot papers for the candidate excluded

 

under sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph into parcels so that they are

 

grouped—

 

(a)    

according to the next available preference given on those papers; and

 

(b)    

where no such preference is given, as a parcel of non-transferable

 

papers.

 

      (3)  

The returning officer shall, in accordance with this article, transfer each parcel

 

of ballot papers referred to in sub-paragraph (2)(a) to the continuing candidate

 

for whom the next available preference is given on those papers and shall

 

credit such continuing candidates with an additional number of votes

 

calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (4).

 

      (4)  

The vote on each ballot paper transferred under sub-paragraph (3) shall have a

 

transfer value of one unless the vote was transferred to the excluded candidate

 

in which case it will have the same transfer value as when transferred to the

 

candidate excluded under sub-paragraph (1).

 

      (5)  

This paragraph is subject to paragraph 8.


 
 

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Exclusion of candidates—supplementary provisions

 

7    (1)  

If, when a candidate has to be excluded under paragraph 6—

 

(a)    

two or more candidates each have the same number of votes; and

 

(b)    

no other candidate has fewer votes, sub-paragraph (2) applies.

 

      (2)  

Where this sub-paragraph applies—

 

(a)    

regard shall be had to the total number of votes credited to those

 

candidates at the end of the most recently preceding stage of the count

 

at which they had an unequal number of votes and the candidate with

 

the lowest number of votes at that stage shall be excluded; and

 

(b)    

where the number of votes credited to those candidates was equal at

 

all stages, the returning officer shall decide, by lot, which of those

 

candidates is to be excluded.

 

Filling of last vacancies

 

8    (1)  

Where the number of continuing candidates is equal to the number of

 

vacancies remaining unfilled, the continuing candidates are deemed to be

 

elected.

 

      (2)  

Where the last vacancies can be filled under this paragraph, no further transfer

 

shall be made.

 

By-elections

 

9          

Where a vacancy occurs in any constituency, paragraphs (1) to (8) apply to the

 

subsequent by-election.

 

10         

Where more than one vacancy exists in a constituency when a writ for a by-

 

election in that constituency is moved, only one by-election is to be held for

 

the vacant seats and paragraphs (1) to (8) apply as if the number of members

 

to be elected is the total number of seats vacant in that constituency.’.

 


 

David Howarth

 

Mr David Heath

 

Chris Huhne

 

NS3

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Constituency boundaries for single transferable vote systed of election

 

for the House of Commons

 

    (1)  

Notwithstanding anything in the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 or in

 

any other relevant legislation, the parliamentary constituency boundaries and

 

the number of members to be elected for each constituency shall be:

 

Name of constituency

Local authority areas

Number of

 
  

contained within

members to be

 
  

constituency

elected

 
 

Teesside

Darlington, Hartlepool,

5

 
  

Middlesbrough, Redcar and

  
  

Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees

  
 

Durham

Durham

4

 
 

Northumberland

Northumberland

3

 
 

North Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne, North

4

 
  

Tyneside

  
 

South Tyne

Gateshead, South Tyneside,

5

 
  

Sunderland

  
 

North Lancashire

Lancaster, Preston, Ribble

4

 
  

Valley, Wyre

  
 

South West Lancashire

Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde,

5

 
  

South Ribble, West

  
  

Lancashire

  
 

South East Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen,

4

 
  

Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle,

  
  

Rossendale

  
 

Cumbria

Cumbria

5

 
 

Bury, Rochdale & Oldham

Bury, Oldham, Rochdale

5

 
 

Stockport & Tameside

Stockport, Tameside

4

 
 

Manchester

Manchester

4

 
 

Salford & Trafford

Salford, Trafford

4

 
 

Wigan & Bolton

Bolton, Wigan

5

 
 

Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens

Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton

5

 
 

Liverpool & Wirral

Liverpool & Wirral

6

 
 

West Cheshire & Halton

Halton, Cheshire West &

4

 
  

Chester

  
 

East Cheshire & Warrington

Warrington, Cheshire East

5

 
 

Scarborough & North

Hambleton, Richmondshire,

3

 
 

Yorkshire

Ryedale, Scarborough

  
 

York, Harrogate, Selby and

Craven, Harrogate, York,

5

 
 

Craven

Selby

  
 

Hull & East Riding

East Riding of Yorkshire,

5

 
  

Kingston upon Hull

  
 

North & North East

North East Lincolnshire,

3

 
 

Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire

  
 

Bradford

Bradford

4

 
 

Leeds

Leeds

6

 
 

Calderdale & Kirklees

Calderdale, Kirklees

5

 
 

Wakefield

Wakefield

3

 
 

Barnsley & Doncaster

Barnsley, Doncaster

4

 
 

Sheffield & Rotherham

Sheffield, Rotherham

6

 
 

North Derbyshire

Amber Valley, Bolsover,

5

 
  

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

  
  

Dales, High Peak, North East

  
  

Derbyshire

  
 

South Derbyshire

Derby, Erewash, South

4

 
  

Derbyshire

  
 

North Nottinghamshire

Ashfield, Bassetlaw,

4

 
  

Mansfield, Newark &

  
  

Sherwood

  
 

South Nottinghamshire

Nottingham, Broxtowe,

5

 
  

Gedling, Rushcliffe

  
 

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire

6

 
 

West Leicestershire

Blaby, Charnwood, Hinckley

4

 
  

& Bosworth, North West

  
  

Leicestershire

  
 

East Leicestershire &

Leicester, Rutland,

4

 
 

Rutland

Harborough, Melton, Oadby

  
  

& Wigston

  
 

Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire

5

 
 

North Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-

4

 
  

under-Lyme, Staffordshire

  
  

Moorlands

  
 

South Staffordshire

Cannock Chase, East

5

 
  

Staffordshire, Lichfield,

  
  

South Staffordshire, Stafford,

  
  

Tamworth

  
 

Shropshire

Telford & Wrekin,

4

 
  

Shropshire

  
 

Herefordshire

Herefordshire

2

 
 

Worcestershire

Worcestershire

5

 
 

Wolverhampton & Walsall

Walsall, Wolverhampton

4

 
 

Dudley & Sandwell

Dudley, Sandwell

5

 
 

Birmingham North

The 20 Council wards

4

 
  

comprising the present

  
  

constituencies of

  
  

Birmingham, Erdington,

  
  

Birmingham, Hodge Hill,

  
  

Birmingham, Ladywood,

  
  

Birmingham, Perry Barr and

  
  

Sutton Coldfield

  
 

Birmingham South

The 20 Council wards

4

 
  

comprising the present

  
  

constituencies of

  
  

Birmingham, Edgbaston,

  
  

Birmingham, Hall Green,

  
  

Birmingham, Northfield,

  
  

Birmingham, Selly Oak and

  
  

Birmingham, Yardley

  
 

Coventry & Solihull

Coventry, Solihull

4

 
 

Warwickshire

Warwickshire

5

 
 

Cambridge & Peterborough

Peterborough,

6

 
  

Cambridgeshire

  
 

West Norfolk

Breckland, King’s Lynn &

3

 
  

West Norfolk, North Norfolk

  
 

East Norfolk

Broadland, Great Yarmouth,

4

 
  

Norwich, South Norfolk

  
 

Suffolk

Suffolk

6

 
 

North West Essex

Braintree, Chelmsford,

5

 
  

Epping Forest, Harlow,

  
  

Uttlesford

  
 

East Essex

Southend-on-Sea,

5

 
  

Colchester, Maldon,

  
  

Rochford, Tendring

  
 

South Essex

Thurrock, Basildon,

4

 
  

Brentwood, Castle Point

  
 

East Hertfordshire

Broxbourne, East

4

 
  

Hertfordshire, North

  
  

Hertfordshire, Stevenage

  
 

West Hertfordshire

Dacorum, Hertsmere, St

5

 
  

Albans, Three Rivers,

  
  

Watford, Welwyn Hatfield

  
 

Bedfordshire

Luton, Bedford, Central

5

 
  

Bedfordshire

  
 

West End

City of London,

5

 
  

Hammersmith & Fulham,

  
  

Kensington & Chelsea,

  
  

Westminster, Camden

  
 

East End

Islington, Hackney,

6

 
  

Newham, Tower Hamlets

  
 

South Central London

Southwark, Lambeth,

6

 
  

Wandsworth

  
 

Ealing & Hounslow

Ealing, Hounslow

4

 
 

Harrow & Hillingdon

Harrow, Hillingdon

4

 
 

Brent & Barnet

Barnet, Brent

4

 
 

North London

Haringey, Enfield, Waltham

5

 
  

Forest

  
 

North East London

Barking & Dagenham,

5

 
  

Havering, Redbridge

  
 

South East London

Lewisham, Bexley,

5

 
  

Greenwich

  
 

Croydon and Bromley

Bromley, Croydon

5

 
 

South West London

Kingston upon Thames,

5

 
  

Merton, Richmond upon

  
  

Thames, Sutton

  
 

Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes,

6

 
  

Buckinghamshire

  
 

North Kent

Medway, Dartford,

5

 
  

Gravesham, Swale

  
 

East Kent

Ashford, Canterbury, Dover,

5

 
  

Shepway, Thanet

  
 

South West Kent

Maidstone, Sevenoaks,

4

 
  

Tonbridge & Malling,

  
  

Tunbridge Wells

  
 

Brighton & East Sussex

East Sussex, Brighton &

6

 
  

Hove

  
 

West Sussex

West Sussex

6

 
 

North East Hampshire

Basingstoke & Deane, East

5

 
  

Hampshire, Hart, Rushmoor,

  
  

Winchester

  
 

South East Hampshire

Portsmouth, Fareham,

4

 
  

Gosport, Havant

  
 

West Hampshire

Southampton, Eastleigh,

5

 
  

New Forest, Test Valley

  
 

East Surrey

Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell,

4

 
  

Mole Valley, Reigate &

  
  

Banstead, Tandridge

  
 

West Surrey

Guildford, Runnymede,

5

 
  

Spelthorne, Surrey Heath

  
  

Waverley, Woking

  
 

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

2

 
 

Berkshire

Berkshire

6

 
 

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

5

 
 

Wiltshire

Swindon, Wiltshire

5

 
 

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

5

 
 

Bristol & South

Bristol, South

5

 
 

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

  
 

Bath & North Somerset

Bath, North East Somerset,

3

 
  

North Somerset

  
 

Somerset

Somerset

5

 
 

Dorset

Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset

6

 
 

North & East Devon

East Devon, Exeter, Mid

5

 
  

Devon, North Devon,

  
  

Torridge, West Devon

  
 

South Devon

Plymouth, Torbay, South

5

 
  

Hams, Teignbridge

  
 

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Cornwall, Isles of Scilly

5

 
 

Gwynedd

Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd

2

 
 

Clwyd

Conwy, Denbighshire,

4

 
  

Flintshire, Wrexham

  
 

Powys

Powys

2

 
 

Dyfed

Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire,

4

 
  

Carmarthenshire

  
 

West Glamorgan

Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot

3

 
 

Mid Glamorgan

Bridgend, Rhondda, Cynon

4

 
  

Taff, Merthyr Tydfil

  
 

South Glamorgan

Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff

4

 
 

Gwent

Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent,

5

 
  

Torfaen, Monmouthshire,

  
  

Newport

  
 

Northern Isles

Orkney Islands, Shetland

1

 
  

Islands

  
 

Eilean Siar

Eilean Siar

1

 
 

Highland

Highland

3

 
 

Aberdeen & Moray

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire,

5

 
  

Moray

  
 

Angus

Angus, Dundee

3

 
 

Central Scotland

Clackmannanshire, Perth and

3

 
  

Kinross, Stirling

  
 

Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute

1

 
 

Fife

Fife

3

 
 

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

4

 
 

South East Scotland

East Lothian, Midlothian,

3

 
  

Scottish Borders

  
 

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway

2

 
 

Ayrshire

East Ayrshire, North

4

 
  

Ayrshire, South Ayrshire

  
 

Glasgow

Glasgow

5

 
 

Outer Glasgow

East Dunbartonshire, East

4

 
  

Renfrewshire, Inverclyde,

  
  

Renfrewshire, West

  
  

Dunbartonshire

  
 

Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire, South

5

 
  

Lanarkshire

  
 

Falkirk & West Lothian

Falkirk, West Lothian

3

 
 

Northern Ireland North West

Ballymoney, Coleraine,

4

 
  

Cookstown, Derry,

  
  

Dungannon, Fermanagh,

  
  

Limavady, Magherafelt,

  
  

Moyle, Omagh, Strabane

  
 

Belfast & South Antrim

Antrim, Ballymena, Belfast,

5

 
  

Carrickfergus, Castlereagh,

  
  

Larne, Lisburn,

  
  

Newtonabbey

  
 

Northern Ireland South East

Ards, Armagh, Banbridge,

4

 
  

Craigavon, Down, Newry &

  
  

Mourne, North Down

  

 
 

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