The Committee has considered the European Parliamentary
Elections Bill [H.L.] which was referred to it. The Committee
has heard evidence on the Bill and has made an amendment to it
(set out in the Annex to this Report) to improve its form. The
Committee is of the opinion that the Bill is pure consolidation
and represents the existing law.
The Bill has been drafted on the assumption
that provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
Bill currently before Parliament will be enacted. The Committee
were also informed of the Government's intention to bring forward
further amendments to that bill which will amend the law about
European parliamentary elections. The Government then intend to
bring forward amendments to this Bill at a later stage in order
to reflect any amendments to the Political Parties, Elections
and Referendums Bill and thus to ensure that the consolidation
of the law is up to date at the point when this Bill receives
Royal Assent. The Committee consider this will not affect the
status of the Bill as pure consolidation. The Committee were assured
that this Bill will not be allowed to progress beyond the point
at which it can be amended until the Political Parties, Elections
and Referendums Bill has been passed.
The Committee do, however, note that the practice
of consolidation bills proceeding in tandem with other bills whose
provisions they consolidate appears to be increasing. The Committee
express the view that this practice should, so far as possible,
be avoided in the future because it introduces an unnecessary
degree of uncertainty in the process of consolidation.
There is no other point to which the special
attention of Parliament should be drawn.
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