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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill [HL]


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE

Clause 1

LORD SNAPE

Lord Snape gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 1 stand part of the Bill.

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD SNAPE

Page 1, line 6, leave out “5 May” and insert “6 October”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 1, line 6, leave out “5 May 2011” and insert “3 May 2012”

LORD OWEN

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

THE LORD BISHOP OF BLACKBURN

THE EARL OF CLANCARTY

[In substitution for the amendment printed on sheet HL Bill 26(a)]

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) a proportional 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 the highest.

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

(9) After the reallocation of votes and recounting, the option with the most votes shall be deemed to have been selected.”

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

[As an amendment to the amendment to page 1, line 7]

Line 9, at end insert—

“(d) the supplementary vote system?”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD SNAPE

Page 1, leave out lines 8 to 11 and insert—

“Which electoral system would you prefer to use for electing your MP to the House of Commons? Either—

(a) the first past the post system; or

(b) the alternative vote system?”

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( ) There is to be another question on the ballot papers as follows—

For electing your Member of Parliament in future, would you prefer to vote on a—

(a) Thursday; or

(b) Saturday?”

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( ) There is to be another question on the ballot papers as follows—

Do you think there should be compulsory voting for general elections?

(a) Yes

(b) No”

Clause 2

LORD SNAPE

Lord Snape gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 2 stand part of the Bill.

BARONESS HAYTER OF KENTISH TOWN

Page 2, line 19, at end insert—

“(c) persons who have attained the age of 16 on the date of the referendum”

Clause 8

LORD ROOKER

Page 6, line 3, leave out “must” and insert “may”

BARONESS HAYTER OF KENTISH TOWN

Page 6, line 4, at end insert—

“( ) over 25% of the electorate have voted in the referendum,”

Page 6, line 6, after “No” insert “in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland”

LORD LIPSEY

Page 6, line 7, leave out paragraph (b)

LORD ROOKER

Page 6, line 12, leave out “must” and insert “may”

Clause 9

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD SNAPE

Page 7, line 16, leave out “make publicly available” and insert “publicly announce”

Clause 10

LORD LIPSEY

Page 8, line 14, leave out “2013” and insert “2015”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD SNAPE

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 8, line 14, leave out “2013” and insert “2016”

LORD LIPSEY

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

Clause 11

LORD LIPSEY

Page 9, line 18, leave out “600” and insert “be considered by a Speaker’s Conference.

( ) The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament an order to give effect to the recommendations of that Conference.”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 9, line 18, leave out “600” and insert “630”

LORD SNAPE

Page 9, line 18, leave out “600” and insert “640”

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 9, line 18, leave out “600” and insert “650”

LORD LIPSEY

Page 9, line 21, leave out “95%” and insert “90%”

Page 9, line 22, leave out “105%” and insert “110%”

Page 9, line 27, at end insert—

“Welsh constituencies

The number of constituencies in Wales shall not be less than 35.”

LORD SNAPE

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 9, line 30, at end insert—

“( ) Each constituency shall be wholly within a single county boundary.”

Page 9, line 30, at end insert—

“( ) Each constituency shall only contain whole local government wards.”

Page 9, line 30, at end insert—

“( ) In London and Metropolitan council areas, each constituency shall not cross more than two local authorities.”

Page 9, line 30, at end insert—

“( ) Outside London and Metropolitan council areas, each constituency shall not be made up of more than three district council areas.”

LORD LIPSEY

Page 9, line 35, leave out “13,000 square kilometres” and insert “that of the present parliamentary constituency of Brecon and Radnor”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 10, line 7, leave out from “Commission” to end of line 8 and insert “should take into account”

LORD SNAPE

Page 10, line 7, leave out from “Commission” to end of line 8 and insert “must take into account”

LORD LIPSEY

Page 10, line 15, at end insert—

“( ) Should the Boundary Commission conclude in the case of any individual constituency or constituencies that these considerations are of exceptional importance, and that they cannot be appropriately accommodated with the provisions of rules 1 to 4, it shall have the power to give priority to those considerations over the provisions in rules 1 to 4.”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 10, line 16, leave out from “England” to “boundaries” in line 17 and insert “should take into account”

LORD SNAPE

Page 10, line 16, leave out from “England” to “boundaries” in line 17 and insert “must take into account”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 10, leave out line 22

LORD LIPSEY

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 10, line 29, at end insert—

“(c) a constituency named the Isle of Wight;

(d) a constituency named Anglesey (Ynys Mon)”

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 10, line 29, at end insert—

“( ) Parliamentary constituencies shall not cross the county border of Cornwall.”

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

LORD SNAPE

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 11, line 31, leave out from “the” to first “in” in line 32 and insert “census”

Clause 12

LORD SNAPE

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 13, leave out lines 17 and 18

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 13, leave out lines 17 to 23 and insert—

“(2) 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 Boundary 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 thousand or more.

(3) In subsection (2) above, “elector” means a parliamentary elector for any constituencies affected by the recommendation.”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

Page 13, leave out lines 17 to 23 and insert—

“(2) 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 Boundary 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 five thousand or more.

(3) In subsection (2) above, “elector” means a parliamentary elector for any constituencies affected by the recommendation.”

LORD SNAPE

Page 13, leave out lines 17 to 23 and insert—

“(2) 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 Boundary Commission for the alteration of any constituency, the Commission receive any representation objecting to the proposed recommendation from a body of electors numbering five hundred or more.

(3) In subsection (2) above, “elector” means a parliamentary elector for any constituencies affected by the recommendation.”

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD KENNEDY OF SOUTHWARK

Page 13, leave out lines 17 to 23 and insert—

“(2) 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 Boundary Commission for the alteration of any constituency, the Commission receive any representation objecting to the proposed recommendation from a local authority whose area is wholly or partly comprised in the constituencies affected by the recommendation.

LORD SNAPE

Page 13, leave out lines 17 to 23 and insert—

“(2) 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 Boundary Commission for the alteration of any constituency, the Commission receive any representation objecting to the proposed recommendation from two or more local authorities whose areas are wholly or partly comprised in the constituencies affected by the recommendation.”

LORD LIPSEY

Page 13, line 17, leave out “may not” and insert “in the case of 100 local objections being received shall”

After Clause 12

LORD LIPSEY

Insert the following new Clause—

“Assistant Commissioners’ report

(1) The Commission shall appoint Assistant Commissioners to report on and make recommendations emerging from the written representations submitted for each separate area that provisional recommendations have been published for.

(2) The report of each Assistant Commissioner shall be published by the Commission along with copies of all the representations received, before the Commission either publishes its revised recommendation for the area or confirms its provisional recommendations.”

After Clause 14

BARONESS MCDONAGH

LORD SNAPE

Insert the following new Clause—

“Super-affirmative resolution procedure

(1) Any order laid under this Act must first be bid in draft and is subject to a super-affirmative procedure as follows.

(2) The Minister must have regard to—

(a) any representations,

(b) any resolution of either House of Parliament, and

(c) any recommendations of a committee of either House of Parliament charged with reporting on the draft order,

made during the 60-day period with regard to the draft order.

(3) If, after the expiry of the 60-day period, the Minister wishes to make an order in the terms of the draft, he must lay before Parliament a statement—

(a) stating whether any representations were made under subsection (2)(a); and

(b) if any representations were so made, giving details of them.

(4) The Minister may after the laying of such a statement make an order in the terms of the draft if it is approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(5) However, a committee of either House charged with reporting on the draft order may, at any time after the laying of a statement under subsection (3) and before the draft order is approved by that House under subsection (4), recommend under this subsection that no further proceedings be taken in relation to the draft order.

(6) Where a recommendation is made by a committee of either House under subsection (5) in relation to a draft order, no proceedings may be taken in relation to the draft order in that House under subsection (4) unless the recommendation is, in the same Session, rejected by resolution of that House.

(7) If, after the expiry of the 60-day period, the Minister wishes to make an order consisting of a version of the draft order with material changes, he must lay before Parliament—

(a) a revised draft order; and

(b) a statement giving details of—

(i) any representations made under subsection (2)(a); and

(ii) the revisions proposed.

(8) The Minister may after laying a revised draft order and statement under subsection (7) make an order in the terms of the revised draft if it is approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(9) However, a committee of either House charged with reporting on the revised draft order may, at any time after the revised draft order is laid under subsection (7) and before it is approved by that House under subsection (8), recommend under this subsection that no further proceedings be taken in relation to the revised draft order.

(10) Where a recommendation is made by a committee of either House under subsection (9) in relation to a revised draft order, no proceedings may be taken in relation to the revised draft order in that House under subsection (8) unless the recommendation is, in the same Session, rejected by resolution of that House.

(11) For the purposes of subsections (4) and (8) an order is made in the terms of a draft order if it contains no material changes to the provisions of the draft order.

(12) In this section the “60-day period” means the period of 60 days beginning with the day on which the draft order was laid before Parliament.”