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Tabled on 11 October 2010

 

Committee of the whole House

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill


 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

1

 

Schedule  1,  page  14,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘Counting officers

 

1A  (1)  

The counting officer for a voting area that is—

 

(a)    

a district in England,

 

(b)    

a county in England, or

 

(c)    

a London borough,

 

            

is the person who, by virtue of section 35 of the 1983 Act, is the returning officer

 

for elections of councillors of the district, county or borough.

 

      (2)  

The counting officer for the City of London voting area is the person who, by

 

virtue of that section, is the returning officer for elections of councillors of the

 

London borough of Westminster.

 

      (3)  

The counting officer for the Isles of Scilly voting area is the person who, by

 

virtue of that section, is the returning officer for elections to the Council of the

 

Isles of Scilly.

 

      (4)  

The counting officer for a voting area in Wales is the person who, by virtue of

 

provision made under section 13(1)(a) of the Government of Wales Act 2006, is

 

the returning officer for elections of members of the National Assembly for

 

Wales for the constituency that forms the voting area.

 

      (5)  

The counting officer for a voting area in Scotland is the person who, by virtue

 

of provision made under section 12(1)(a) of the Scotland Act 1998, is the

 

returning officer for elections of members of the Scottish Parliament for the

 

constituency that forms the voting area.

 

      (6)  

The counting officer for the Northern Ireland voting area is the Chief Electoral

 

Officer for Northern Ireland.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

2

 

Schedule  1,  page  14,  line  28,  leave out sub-paragraphs (3) to (5) and insert—

 

‘Assistance to counting officers etc

 

2A  (1)  

A local authority whose area forms, or forms part of, a particular voting area

 

must place the services of their officers at the disposal of—


 
 

 

Committee of the whole House: 11 October 2010

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

the counting officer for the voting area, and

 

(b)    

the Regional Counting Officer (if any) appointed for the region that

 

includes the voting area,

 

            

for the purpose of assisting the officer in the discharge of his or her functions.

 

      (2)  

In this paragraph “the local authority”—

 

(a)    

in the case of a voting area that is a district or county in England, or a

 

London borough, means the council for that district, county or borough;

 

(b)    

in the case of the City of London voting area, means the Common

 

Council of the City of London;

 

(c)    

in the case of the Isles of Scilly voting area, means the Council of the

 

Isles of Scilly;

 

(d)    

in the case of a voting area in Wales, means the council of a county or

 

county borough;

 

(e)    

in the case of a voting area in Scotland, means the council of a local

 

government area.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

3

 

Schedule  1,  page  16,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

The number of ballot papers or votes purportedly certified under this paragraph

 

or section 128 of the 2000 Act is not liable to be questioned by reason of a defect

 

in the title, or a lack of title, of any person purporting to exercise functions in

 

relation to the referendum, if the person was then in actual possession of, or

 

acting in, the office giving the right to exercise the functions.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

4

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

The Electoral Commission may take whatever steps they think appropriate to

 

provide, for persons entitled to vote in the referendum, information about each

 

of the two voting systems referred to in the referendum question.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

5

 

Schedule  1,  page  20,  line  38,  at beginning insert ‘Subject to sub-paragraphs (1B)

 

and (2),’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

6

 

Schedule  1,  page  20,  line  47,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(1A)  

Sub-paragraph (1B) applies to a service rendered by—

 

(a)    

the counting officer for a voting area in England, Wales or Scotland, or

 

(b)    

a Regional Counting Officer,

 

            

which in the opinion of the Electoral Commission was inadequately performed.

 

    (1B)  

In respect of a service to which this sub-paragraph applies, the officer is entitled

 

under sub-paragraph (1) to no more than the amount (which may be nil) that

 

seems reasonable in all the circumstances—

 

(a)    

to the Commission, or

 

(b)    

on a taxation under paragraph 19, to the county court or Auditor.’.


 
 

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

7

 

Schedule  2,  page  26,  line  5,  leave out ‘16th’ and insert ‘15th’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

8

 

Schedule  2,  page  28,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘Modification of forms

 

9A  (2)  

The Chief Counting Officer may, for the purpose of making a relevant form

 

easier for voters to understand or use, specify modifications that are to be made

 

to the wording or appearance of the form.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph (1) “relevant form” means any of the following—

 

(a)    

Forms 3 to 11, 14 and 16 in Part 2 of this Schedule;

 

(b)    

the form of the notice set out in rule 16(7).

 

      (4)  

In this Part of this Act a reference to a form is to be read as a reference to that

 

form with any modifications specified under paragraph (1).

 

      (5)  

Where a form is modified by virtue of paragraph (1), section 26(2) of the Welsh

 

Language Act 1993 applies as if the modified form were specified by this Act.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

9

 

Schedule  2,  page  28,  line  8,  leave out ‘16th’ and insert ‘15th’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

10

 

Schedule  2,  page  29,  line  6,  leave out paragraphs (3) and (4) and insert—

 

    ‘(3)  

In England, the polling station allotted to electors from any parliamentary

 

polling district wholly or partly within a particular voting area must, in the

 

absence of special circumstances, be in the parliamentary polling place for that

 

district unless the parliamentary polling place is outside the voting area.

 

    (3A)  

In Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, the polling station allotted to electors

 

from any polling district must be in the polling place for that district.

 

      (4)  

The polling districts and polling places that apply for the purposes of paragraph

 

(3A) are—

 

(a)    

in Wales, those that would apply by virtue of provision made under

 

section 13(1)(a) of the Government of Wales 2006 in respect of an

 

election for membership of the National Assembly for Wales held on

 

the day of the referendum;

 

(b)    

in Scotland, those that would apply by virtue of provision made under

 

section 12(1)(a) of the Scotland Act 1998 in respect of an election for

 

membership of the Scottish Parliament held on the day of the

 

referendum;

 

(c)    

in Northern Ireland, those for the time being established under the law

 

relating to local elections with the meaning of section 130 of the

 

Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

11

 

Schedule  2,  page  29,  line  41,  at end insert—


 
 

 

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‘This paragraph is subject to paragraphs (1A) and (2).

 

    (1A)  

An official poll card must not be sent to a person—

 

(a)    

as an elector, if the person is entitled to a postal vote in Northern Ireland;

 

(b)    

as a proxy, if the person is entitled to a proxy postal vote in Northern

 

Ireland.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

12

 

Schedule  2,  page  30,  line  23,  leave out sub-paragraph (b).

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

13

 

Schedule  2,  page  30,  line  27,  leave out sub-paragraph (d).

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

14

 

Schedule  2,  page  35,  line  31,  after ‘referendum’ insert ‘on the voting system for

 

United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

15

 

Schedule  2,  page  36,  line  5,  after ‘referendum’ insert ‘on the voting system for

 

United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

16

 

Schedule  2,  page  36,  line  9,  after ‘referendum’ insert ‘on the voting system for

 

United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

17

 

Schedule  2,  page  36,  line  22,  after ‘referendum’ insert ‘on the voting system for

 

United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

18

 

Schedule  2,  page  36,  line  35,  after ‘referendum’ insert ‘on the voting system for

 

United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

19

 

Schedule  2,  page  50,  leave out lines 34 and 35 and insert ‘relevant registration officer’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

20

 

Schedule  2,  page  51,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(3)  

For the purposes of paragraph (1) the relevant registration officer is—

 

(a)    

the registration officer of the local authority in whose area the counting

 

officer’s voting area is situated, or

 

(b)    

if the voting area comprises any part of the area of more than one local

 

authority, the registration officer of the local authority in whose area the

 

greater or greatest (as the case may be) number of electors is registered.

 

            

In this paragraph “local authority” has the same meaning as in paragraph 2A of

 

Schedule 1.’.


 
 

 

Committee of the whole House: 11 October 2010

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

21

 

Schedule  2,  page  54,  line  9,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

22

 

Schedule  2,  page  54,  leave out line 10.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

23

 

Schedule  2,  page  54,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘Vote (X) in one box only.’.

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

24

 

Schedule  2,  page  54,  line  20,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

25

 

Schedule  2,  page  54,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

            

‘The official mark may be printed on either the front or the back of the ballot

 

paper if it does not consist of or include any letters or numbers; if it does, it must

 

be printed on the back of the ballot paper.’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

26

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  1,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

27

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  3,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

28

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  5,  leave out from ‘question’ to end of line 7.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

29

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  10,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

30

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  19,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

31

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  20,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

32

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  21,  leave out paragraph 7 and insert—

 

            

‘The words mentioned in paragraph 6(a) must be printed in bold characters.

 

            

The words on the front of the ballot paper indicating the alternative forms of

 

answer to the referendum question must be printed in bold capital letters.’.


 
 

 

Committee of the whole House: 11 October 2010

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

33

 

Schedule  2,  page  55,  line  29,  leave out ‘question’ insert ‘the direction “Vote (X) in

 

one box only”’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

34

 

Schedule  2,  page  57,  line  15,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

35

 

Schedule  2,  page  58,  line  32,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

36

 

Schedule  2,  page  60,  line  7,  leave out ‘ONCE’ insert ‘in ONE box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

37

 

Schedule  2,  page  63,  line  17,  leave out ‘ONCE’ insert ‘in ONE box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

38

 

Schedule  2,  page  67,  line  9,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

39

 

Schedule  2,  page  67,  line  14,  at the end insert ‘so please ignore this poll card’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

40

 

Schedule  2,  page  67,  line  24,  leave out from beginning to the end of line 36 on page

 

68.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

41

 

Schedule  2,  page  70,  line  16,  leave out from beginning to the end of line 9 on page

 

72.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

42

 

Schedule  2,  page  73,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

43

 

Schedule  2,  page  73,  line  7,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

44

 

Schedule  2,  page  73,  line  16,  after ‘for’ insert ‘United Kingdom’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

45

 

Schedule  3,  page  92,  line  13,  after ‘FOR’ insert ‘UNITED KINGDOM’.


 
 

 

Committee of the whole House: 11 October 2010

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

46

 

Schedule  4,  page  100,  line  24,  leave out from beginning to the end of line 11 on

 

page 101.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

47

 

Schedule  4,  page  101,  line  31,  leave out from ‘a’ to end of line 41 and insert

 

‘counting officer or Regional Counting Officer under paragraph 2A of Schedule 1 to the

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2010,’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

48

 

Schedule  4,  page  104,  line  9,  leave out ‘once’ insert ‘in one box’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

49

 

Schedule  4,  page  104,  leave out line 31 and insert—

 

‘Other acts

 

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

 

            

Section 6A(4) of the 2000 Act (meaning of “relevant counting officer”) applies

 

for the purposes of the referendum as if for paragraphs (a) and (b) there were

 

substituted “in accordance with paragraph 1A of Schedule 1 to the

 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2010.”

 

            

Section 9C of the 2000 Act (provision of information about expenditure) applies

 

for the purposes of the referendum as if for the words in subsection (2)(c) after

 

“in connection with” there were substituted “the referendum under section 1 of

 

the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2010.”

 

            

Section 128 of the 2000 Act (counting officers etc for referendums) applies for

 

the purposes of the referendum as if—

 

(a)    

subsections (3), (4), (8) and (9)(b) were omitted;

 

(b)    

in subsection (5), for “the area for which he is appointed” there were

 

substituted “the voting area for which he acts”;

 

(c)    

in subsection (9), for paragraph (a) there were substituted—

 

“(a)    

“voting area” has the meaning given by section 5(2) of

 

the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

 

Act 2010;”.

 

Electoral Administration Act 2006’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

50

 

Schedule  4,  page  111,  line  23,  leave out ‘the relevant area’ and insert ‘any voting

 

area or part of a voting area’.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister

 

51

 

Schedule  4,  page  112,  line  44,  leave out ‘the relevant area’ and insert ‘any voting

 

area or part of a voting area’.


 
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