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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill [HL]


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE

Clause 1

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert “Subject to subsections (2A), (2B) and (6),”

Page 1, leave out line 6

Page 1, line 6, at end insert—

“(2A) The Secretary of State shall by order establish a Committee of Inquiry to make recommendations to Parliament on the form of “alternative vote” system to be the subject of the referendum.

(2B) Following receipt of the recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry, and taking account of any resolutions of either House of Parliament in respect of those recommendations, the Secretary of State shall decide on the form of “alternative vote” to be used, and shall lay before Parliament for approval by affirmative resolution an Order making provision about the referendum.”

LORD OWEN

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

THE LORD BISHOP OF BLACKBURN

Page 1, line 7, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert—

“(3) The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is—

At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. It is proposed that the system should be changed. Please rank the following options in order of preference.

Should the UK use:

(a) the first past the post system

(b) the Alternative Vote system

(c) the AV+ system

(d) the Alternative Member system

(e) the Single Transferable Vote system?

(4) In Wales, a Welsh version of the question is also to appear on the ballot papers.

(5) Each voter will be asked to mark the ballot paper with—

(a) the number 1 next to the option that is the voter’s first preference (or, as the case may be, the only option for which the voter wishes to vote);

(b) if the voter wishes, the number 2 next to the option that is the voter’s second preference, and so on.

(6) The voter may mark as many preferences (up to the number of options) as the voter wishes.

(7) Votes shall be allocated to options in accordance with voters’ first preferences and, if one option has more votes than the other options put together, that option shall be deemed to have been selected.

(8) If not, the option with the fewest votes will be eliminated and that option’s votes shall be dealt with as follows—

(a) each vote cast by a voter who also ranked one or more of the remaining options shall be reallocated to that remaining option or (as the case may be) to the one that the voter ranked highest;

(b) any votes not reallocated shall play no further part in the counting.

(9) If after that stage of counting one option has more votes than the other remaining options put together, that option is selected.

(10) If not, the process described in subsection (8) shall be repeated as many times as necessary until one option has more votes than the other remaining options put together, and so deemed to have been selected.”

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Page 1, line 10, leave out “the” and insert “an”

LORD ROOKER

Page 1, line 10, leave out ““alternative vote”” and insert ““additional member””

Page 1, line 10, leave out ““alternative vote”” and insert ““single transferable vote””

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Page 1, line 10, leave out ““alternative” and insert ““supplementary”

Page 1, line 10, leave out ““alternative” and insert ““London alternative”

Page 2, leave out line 5

Page 2, line 5, at end insert—

“(6) The order under subsection (2B) shall make provision about—

(a) the conduct of the referendum

(b) combination of polls

(c) referendum expenses

(d) control of loans etc to permitted participants

(e) amendment of the law relating to elections.

Clause 3

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 3 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 4

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 4 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 5

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 5 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 6

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 6 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 7

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 7 stand part of the Bill.

Before Clause 8

LORD OWEN

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

THE LORD BISHOP OF BLACKBURN

Insert the following new Clause—

“Implementing the result of the referendum

(1) The Minister must by order make provision to implement a change in the voting system if—

(a) any option other than the first past the post system is selected in the referendum, and

(b) the draft of an Order in Council laid before Parliament under subsection (5A) of section 3 of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (substituted by section 10(6) below) has been submitted to Her Majesty in Council under section 4 of that Act.

(2) An order under subsection (1) must bring the provisions for a new voting system into force on the same day as the coming into force of the Order in Council in terms of the draft referred to in paragraph (b) of that subsection.

(3) An order under subsection (1) may make transitional or saving provision.

(4) An order made under subsection (1) shall be made by statutory instrument and may not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”

Clause 8

LORD OWEN

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

THE LORD BISHOP OF BLACKBURN

The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 8 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 9

LORD OWEN

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

THE LORD BISHOP OF BLACKBURN

The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 9 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 10

LORD MARTIN OF SPRINGBURN

Page 8, line 15, leave out “fifth” and insert “eighth”

Clause 11

LORD SOLEY

Page 9, leave out line 18 and insert—

“The number of constituencies in the United Kingdom shall be decided by an independent commission established by the government, but shall not exceed 650 or be less than 500.”

LORD TEVERSON

Page 10, leave out lines 23 to 30 and insert—

“Whole numbers of constituencies

(1) The following shall be allocated a whole number of constituencies by whichever Boundary Commission is responsible for them—

(a) Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas;

(b) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar council area;

(c) the Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn Isle of Anglesey county area;

(d) the Isle of Wight county area;

(e) the County of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly council areas;

(f) the Highland council area;

(g) the Argyll and Bute Council area.

(2) The number of constituencies to be allocated to each area shall be determined by dividing the electorate of the area or areas concerned by the United Kingdom Electoral Average and rounding to the nearest whole number, unless this would mean that rule 4(1) could not be satisfied, in which case the area concerned will be allocated the smallest number of constituencies required in order to satisfy that rule and each area must be allocated at least one whole constituency.

(3) In this rule “United Kingdom Electoral Average” means (where E is the electorate of the United Kingdom)—

 
 600”

Clause 12

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Lord Alton of Liverpool gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 12 stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 1

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 1 be the First Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 2

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 2 be the Second Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 3

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 3 be the Third Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 4

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 4 be the Fourth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 5

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 5 be the Fifth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 6

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 6 be the Sixth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 7

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 7 be the Seventh Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 8

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 8 be the Eighth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 9

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 9 be the Ninth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 10

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Lord Campbell-Savours gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 10 be the Tenth Schedule to the Bill.

Schedule 11

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

Page 300, line 31, leave out from beginning to end of line 13 on page 301.