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Committee of the whole House: 12 October 2010            

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Sheryll Murray

 

137

 

Clause  9,  page  8,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘Cornwall

 

6B  (1)  

All parts of Cornwall must be included in a constituency which is wholly in

 

Cornwall.

 

      (2)  

Rule 2 does not apply to any such constituencies.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Edwards

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

148

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 1 to 40.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

238

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 1 to 25.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

133

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  leave out lines 26 to 40 and insert—

 

‘Allocation of constituencies

 

1D  (1)  

The Adjusted UK Electoral Quota shall be calculated as follows—

 

            

The total electorate of the United Kingdom less the areas listed in Rule 1C(1),

 

divided by 650 minus the total number of constituencies allocated to the areas

 

listed in Rule 1C(1).

 

      (2)  

Each country shall then be allocated a whole number of constituencies as

 

follows.

 

      (3)  

The first constituency shall be allocated to the part of the United Kingdom with

 

the largest electorate.

 

      (4)  

The second and subsequent constituencies shall be allocated in the same way,

 

except that the electorate of a part of the United Kingdom to which one of more

 

constituencies have already been allocated is to be divided by—

 

                        

 

                          2C+1

 

 

            

where C is the number of constituencies already allocated to that part.

 

      (5)  

An Electoral Quota shall then be calculated for each of the four parts by

 

dividing the electorate of each part by the number of seats allocated as

 

described in Rule 1D (3) and (4).

 

      (6)  

The total number of constituencies to be allocated to any part shall not be more

 

than 10 per cent. above or below the current number of constituencies. If the

 

number of constituencies allocated by the process described in Rule 1D(3) and


 
 

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(4) exceeds that limit then additional or fewer seats shall be allocated as

 

appropriate suffucient to bring the allocation within 10 per cent of the current

 

number of seats in the part concerned.

 

      (7)  

This adjusted number of seats shall be the allocation for that part for the

 

purposes of Rule 1D(5).’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Mr Jonathan Edwards

 

151

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  38,  after ‘Scotland’, insert ‘and of Wales’.

 

Susan Elan Jones

 

115

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

If the number of constituencies allocated to Wales under 8(3) is fewer than 35, an

 

additional allocation shall be made to Wales to ensure that it has 35

 

constituencies.

 

(4B)    

Where an additional allocation is made under sub-paragraph (4A) above, sub-

 

paragraph (4C) shall apply in place of rule 2.

 

(4C)    

The electorate of any constituency in Wales shall be—

 

(a)    

no less than 95 per cent. of the Wales electoral quota

 

(b)    

no more than 105 per cent of that quota;

 

    

the “Wales electoral quota” meaning W/P, where W is the electorate of Wales and

 

P is the number of constituencies allocated to Wales.’.

 

Martin Vickers

 

228

 

Clause  9,  page  9,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘Variation in number of constituencies

 

8A  (8)  

A Boundary Commission shall have power to recommend that the number of

 

constituencies in the relevant part of the United Kingdom should be greater or

 

smaller than the number determined in accordance with the allocation method

 

set out in rule 8.

 

      (9)  

The number so recommended must be no less than 98 per cent. and no more

 

than 102 per cent. of the number so determined.’.

 

Geraint Davies

 

Graham Stringer

 

Graham Jones

 

Ian Lucas

 

Paul Blomfield

 

Mr George Howarth

 

Angela Smith

 

Ian Murray

 

Graeme Morrice

 

125

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  2,  leave out from ‘persons’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘who

 

are estimated by the Office of National Statistics to be eligible to vote in United Kingdom

 

parliamentary elections, whether or not they are so registered to vote.’.


 
 

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Nic Dakin

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

229

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  2,  leave out from ‘persons’ to first ‘in’ in line 5 and insert

 

‘aged 18 or over who are shown by the most recent census of population to reside’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

327

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  10,  leave out lines 8 and 9 and insert—

 

‘(a)    

in England, the boundaries of—

 

(i)    

each county for which there is a county council,

 

(ii)    

each district that is not in such a county, and

 

(iii)    

each London borough,’.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

40

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  8,  after ‘counties’, insert ‘as defined by the 1997

 

Lieutenancies Act’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

239

 

Clause  9,  page  10,  line  27,  leave out ‘United Kingdom’.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

240

 

Clause  10,  page  10,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In relation to a report under section 3(1) of the 1986 Act that a Boundary

 

Commission is required, by subsection (2) of section 3 of that Act as substituted

 

by section 8(3) of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act, to

 

submit before 1 October 2013—

 

(a)    

a Boundary Commission shall make information available via their

 

website, and if they see fit by other means, on their proposed general

 

approach to the application of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act,

 

(b)    

representations with respect to this proposed general approach may be

 

made to the Commission during a specified period of eight weeks, and

 

(c)    

the Commission shall take into consideration any such representations

 

duly made prior to the provisional determination of any

 

recommendations affecting any constituency.

 

( )    

A Boundary Commission’s “proposed general approach” shall include but need

 

not be limited to—


 
 

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(a)    

the processes by which they intend to seek to ensure the application of

 

rule 2, and in the case of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

 

of rule 7, including the circumstances in which they will consider

 

recommending that wards, electoral areas and divisions should be

 

divided between two or more constituencies, and the information on

 

which they intend to rely in determining how to carry out such a division,

 

and

 

(b)    

the extent to which they intend to take into account each of the factors

 

described in rule 5(1), and in the case of the Boundary Commission for

 

England of rule 5(2).’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Simon Hart

 

Tristram Hunt

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

241

 

Clause  10,  page  10,  leave out from line 39 to line 5 on page 11, and insert—

 

‘( )    

Where a Boundary Commission have provisionally determined to make

 

recommendations affecting any constituency—

 

(a)    

they shall take such steps as they see fit to inform people in the

 

constituency of the effect of the proposed recommendations and that a

 

copy of the recommendations is open to inspection at a specified place

 

within the constituency,

 

(b)    

they shall make available via their website, and if they see fit by other

 

means, copies of their proposed recommendations and information on

 

their effect, together with such information as they have on the number

 

of the electorate in every sub-division of every ward, electoral division

 

and electoral area in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and

 

(c)    

representations with respect to the proposed recommendations may be

 

made to the Commission by people whether in or outside any given

 

constituency during a specified period of 12 weeks, and the Commission

 

shall take into consideration any such representations duly made.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

134

 

Clause  10,  page  11,  leave out lines 6 to 12 and insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Boundary Commission may cause a local inquiry to be held for the purposes of

 

a report under this Act where, on publication of a recommendation of a Boudary

 

Commission for the alteration of any constituency, the Commission receive any

 

representation objecting to the proposed recommendation from an interested

 

authority or from a body of electors numbering one hundred or more.

 

(1B)    

Where a local inquiry was held in respect of the constituencies before the

 

publication of the notice mentioned in subsection (1) above, that subsection shall

 

not apply if the Commission, after considering the matters discussed at the local

 

inquiry, the nature of the representations received on the publication of the notice

 

and any other relevant circumstances, are of opinion that a further inquiry would

 

not be justified.

 

(1C)    

In subsection (1A) above, “interested authority” and “elector” respectively mean,

 

in relation to any recommendation, a local authority whose area is wholly or


 
 

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partly comprised in the constituencies affected by the recommendation, and a

 

parliamentary elector for any of those constiuencies.’.

 


 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

163

 

Clause  11,  page  11,  line  30,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

164

 

Clause  11,  page  11,  line  34,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

165

 

Clause  11,  page  11,  line  35,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

166

 

Clause  11,  page  11,  line  40,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

167

 

Clause  11,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In this section “the Minister” means the Lord President of the Council or the

 

Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Austin Mitchell

 

255

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  7,  page  152,  leave lines 10 to 27.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Douglas Carswell

 

Austin Mitchell

 

13

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Section (The single transferable vote system: amendments) comes into force in

 

accordance with provision made by an order under section 6(1A).’.


 
 

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Andrew George

 

76

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Part 2 of this Act shall come into force if more votes are cast in the referendum

 

under Part 1 of the Act in favour of the answer “Yes” than in favour of the answer

 

“No”.’.

 

Mr Roger Godsiff

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

82

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Section [Mandatory voting at general elections: amendments] comes into force

 

in accordance with provision made by an order under section 6 (1A).’.

 

Liz Kendall

 

Stella Creasy

 

Sir Peter Soulsby

 

Stephen Twigg

 

Kate Green

 

120

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Section [Single transferable vote elections for the House of Lords] comes into

 

force in accordance with provision made by an order under section 6(1A).’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Sadiq Khan

 

Chris Bryant

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

135

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  5,  at end insert ‘with the exception of Part 2, which will not

 

come into force until—

 

(a)    

after the referendum on the determination of powers devolved to the

 

National Assembly for Wales under the terms of the Government of

 

Wales Act 2006; and

 

(b)    

the Electoral Commission has reported to the House of Commons, that

 

over 95% of eligible voters in each local authority area are estimated to

 

be on the electoral register.’.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Press comment etc not subject to spending controls

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

NC19

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Expenses incurred in respect of the publication of any matter relating to the

 

referendum, other than an advertisement, in—

 

(a)    

a newspaper or periodical,


 
 

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(b)    

a broadcast made by the British Broadcasting Corporation or Sianel

 

Pedwar Cymru, or

 

(c)    

a programme included in any service licensed under Part 1 or 3 of the

 

Broadcasting Act 1990 or Part 1 or 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1996,

 

are not “referendum expenses” for the purposes of Part 7 of the 2000 Act.’.

 


 

Restrictions on ministerial conduct

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr David Davis

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Mr Edward Leigh

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr William Cash

 

Sir Stuart Bell

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 125 of the 2000 Act (restriction on publication etc. of promotional

 

material by central and local government etc) shall be amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

 

“(2A)    

Any breach of the prohibition in subsection (2) above by or on behalf of

 

a Minister of the Crown shall be treated as a breach by that Minister of

 

any code in force from time to time governing the conduct of Ministers

 

of the Crown.”.

 

(3)    

After subsection (3)(c) there shall be inserted—

 

“(ca)    

an indication by a Minister of the Crown, whether or not in

 

response to enquiries, how they intend to vote in the referendum;

 

(cb)    

a justification of any such voting intention by a Minister of the

 

Crown by reference to material published before the

 

commencement of the relevant period by any person or

 

published during the relevant period by a person or body

 

designated under section 108”.

 

(4)    

After subsection (3) there shall be inserted—

 

“(3A)    

Subsection (3)(cb) above does not extend to material published or

 

republished during the relevant period by a person or body designated

 

under section 108 if it consists of material whose original publication by

 

any person or body (whether lawfully authorised or not) would itself

 

constitute a breach of the prohibition in subsection (2).”’.

 



 
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