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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 11 — Public hearings about Boundary Commission proposals

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Schedule 11

Section 12

 

Public hearings about Boundary Commission proposals

          

The Schedule referred to in section 12(2) is as follows—

“Schedule 2A

Section 5

 

Public hearings about Boundary Commission proposals

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Purpose of hearings

1          

The purpose of a public hearing is to enable representations to be

made about any of the proposals with which the hearing is

concerned.

Number of hearings

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2     (1)  

In relation to any particular report under section 3(1)(a) of this

Act—

(a)   

the Boundary Commission for England shall cause at least

two and no more than five public hearings to be held in

each English region;

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(b)   

the Boundary Commission for Scotland shall cause at least

two and no more than five public hearings to be held in

Scotland;

(c)   

the Boundary Commission for Wales shall cause at least

two and no more than five public hearings to be held in

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Wales;

(d)   

the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland shall

cause at least two and no more than five public hearings to

be held in Northern Ireland.

      (2)  

The public hearings in an English region shall be concerned with

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proposals for that region, and shall between them cover the whole

region.

      (3)  

The public hearings in Scotland shall be concerned with proposals

for Scotland, and shall between them cover the whole of Scotland.

      (4)  

The public hearings in Wales shall be concerned with proposals

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for Wales, and shall between them cover the whole of Wales.

      (5)  

The public hearings in Northern Ireland shall be concerned with

proposals for Northern Ireland, and shall between them cover the

whole of Northern Ireland.

Chair of hearing

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3          

For each public hearing the Boundary Commission concerned

shall appoint a person to chair the hearing.

Length of hearings

4          

A public hearing shall be completed within two days.

 
 

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Procedure at hearings

5          

It is for the chair of each public hearing to determine the procedure

that is to govern that hearing.

6          

The chair shall make arrangements for a public hearing to begin

with an explanation of—

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(a)   

the proposals with which the hearing is concerned;

(b)   

how written representations about the proposals may be

made (as mentioned in section 5(1)(a), (4)(b) or (5)(c) of this

Act).

7     (1)  

The chair of a public hearing must allow representations to be

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made—

(a)   

by each qualifying party;

(b)   

by any other persons (whether individuals or

organisations) considered by the chair to have an interest

in any of the proposals with which the hearing is

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concerned.

           

Paragraph (b) above has effect subject to sub-paragraph (3)(b)

below.

      (2)  

The chair may restrict the amount of time allowed for

representations—

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(a)   

by qualifying parties, and

(b)   

by other persons,

           

and need not allow the same amount to each.

      (3)  

The chair may determine—

(a)   

the order in which representations are made, and

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(b)   

if necessary because of shortage of time, which of those

wishing to make representations are not allowed to do so,

           

in whatever way the chair decides.

8     (1)  

The chair may put questions, or allow questions to be put, to a

person present at the hearing.

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      (2)  

If questions are allowed to be put, the chair may regulate the

manner of questioning or restrict the number of questions a

person may ask.

Interpretation

9          

In this Schedule—

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“the chair” means the person appointed under paragraph 3

above;

“English region” means an electoral region specified in

Schedule 1 to the European Parliamentary Elections Act

2002 (ignoring paragraph 2(2) of that Schedule and the

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references to Gibraltar) as it has effect on the day referred

to in rule 5(2) of Schedule 2 to this Act;

“public hearing” means a hearing under section 5(1)(b) of this

Act;

 
 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 12 — Repeals
Part 2 — Parliamentary constituencies

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“qualifying party” means a party that is registered under Part

2 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act

2000 and either—

(a)   

has at least one Member of the House of Commons

representing a constituency in the region, or (as the

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case may be) the part of the United Kingdom, in

which the hearing is held, or

(b)   

received at least 10% of the votes cast in that region or

part in the most recent parliamentary general

election.”

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Schedule 12

Section 16

 

Repeals

Part 1

Voting system for parliamentary elections

 

Short title and chapter

Extent of repeal

 

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Representation of the People

Section 66(7) and (8).

 
 

Act 1983 (c. 2)

In section 139(6), the words “the parliamentary

 
  

elections rules or” in both places.

 
  

In Schedule 1, in the Appendix of forms—

 
  

(a)   

in the Form of Front of Ballot Paper, the

 

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numbers on the left-hand side, and the

 
  

vertical rule separating them from the

 
  

particulars of the candidates;

 
  

(b)   

in paragraph 2 of the Guidance for

 
  

Voters, the words “Vote for one

 

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candidate only.”

 
 

Representation of the People

Section 13(b).

 
 

Act 1985 (c. 50)

  
 

Greater London Authority Act

In Schedule 3, paragraph 11.

 
 

1999 (c. 29)

  

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Part 2

Parliamentary constituencies

 

Short title and chapter

Extent of repeal

 
 

Parliamentary Constituencies

In section 3—

 
 

Act 1986 (c. 56)

(a)   

in subsection (1)(b), the words “(read

 

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with paragraph 7)”;

 
  

(b)   

subsection (3);

 
  

(c)   

in subsection (6), the words “and related

 
  

provisions”;

 
  

(d)   

subsections (7) and (8).

 

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Section 6.

 
  

Section 8(3).

 
 
 

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Short title and chapter

Extent of repeal

 
 

Boundary Commissions Act

Section 2(3).

 
 

1992 (c. 55)

Section 3.

 
 

Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)

Section 86.

 
 

Local Government (Wales) Act

In Schedule 2, paragraph 13.

 

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1994 (c. 19)

In Schedule 16, paragraph 80.

 
 

Local  Government  etc.

In Schedule 13, paragraph 150.

 
 

(Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39)

  
 

Government of Wales Act 2006

Section 2(5) and (6).

 
 

(c. 32)

In section 159, in the entry for “Assembly

 

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electoral region”, the words “and Schedule 1”.

 
  

Schedule 1.

 
  

In Schedule 11, paragraph 1.

 
 
 

 
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