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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 9 June 2015

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1 to 13 and NC1

 

Committee of the whole House


 

European Union Referendum Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Order of the House [9 June 2015].

 

 


 

CLAUSE 1; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER

 

OF CLAUSE 1

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament an independent

 

report by the Office for Budget Responsibility on the implications for the

 

sustainability of the public finances of the United Kingdom leaving the European

 

Union.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report by the OBR on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a report on the

 

consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union for each

 

ministerial departments’ responsibilities.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

a report by each Secretary of State on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the

 

European Union for their areas of ministerial responsibility.

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

No later than ten weeks before the date on which the referendum is to be held the

 

Secretary of State must ask for and lay before both Houses of Parliament any

 

assessment made by the Bank of England on the consequences of the United

 

Kingdom leaving the European Union.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish, ten weeks before the referendum,

 

any assessment by the Bank of England on the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the

 

European Union.

 


 

clause 3; schedules 1 to 3; new clauses and new schedules relating to the

 

subject matter of clause 3 and schedules 1 to 3

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  6,  line  6,  after “period”, insert “of not less than 16 weeks”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the referendum period lasts for at least 16 weeks.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  12,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

For the purposes of paragraph 6 of Schedule 15 of the 2000 Act a permitted

 

participant must not accept a relevant donation, irrespective of whether or not it

 

meets the requirements of the 2000 Act and this Act, if the donation is funded

 

directly or indirectly in whole or part from moneys, resources or support

 

disbursed or allocated by or at the direction of the European Commission, its

 

agencies or any related European institution to the donor or via other parties to

 

the donor.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no funds or support provided directly or indirectly

 

by European Union bodies have a bearing on the outcome of the referendum.

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  37,  leave out paragraph 25 and insert—

 

“25(1)  

Section 125 of the 2000 Act (restriction of publication etc of promotional

 

material by central and local government etc) applies in relation to the

 

referendum during the referendum period with the following modification.

 

      (2)  

Section 125(2)(a) of the 2000 Act has effect for the purposes of the referendum

 

as if, after “Crown”, there were inserted “including ministers in the Scottish

 

Government, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and Her

 

Majesty‘s Government of Gibraltar”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to apply the “purdah” arrangements that govern ministerial and

 

official announcements, visits and publicity during general elections to the campaign period

 

before the referendum.

 



 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

CLAUSE 2; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER

 

OF CLAUSE 2; CLAUSE 5; NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO THE

 

SUBJECT MATTER OF CLAUSE 5

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  17,  at end insert “and persons who would be so entitled

 

except for the fact that they will be aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is

 

to be held”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would entitle British citizens, qualifying Commonwealth citizens and citizens of

 

the Republic of Ireland aged 16 and 17 to vote in the referendum.

 

Stephen Phillips

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  9,  after “Commonwealth citizens”, insert “or citizens of the

 

Republic of Ireland”

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  12,  at end insert “and persons who would be so entitled

 

except for the fact that they will be aged 16 or 17 on the date on which the referendum is

 

to be held”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would entitle Commonwealth citizens aged 16 and 17 who would be entitled to

 

vote in Gibraltar for elections to the European Parliament to vote in the referendum.

 


 

clauses 4 and 6 to 11; remaining new clauses; remaining new schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the bill

 

Ms Harriet Harman

 

Hilary Benn

 

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Heidi Alexander

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The referendum shall not be held on the same day as:

 

(a)    

elections to the Scottish Parliament;

 

(b)    

elections to the National Assembly for Wales;

 

(c)    

elections for the Mayor of London; or


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(d)    

local authority elections”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would prevent the referendum being held on the same day as Scottish Parliament,

 

National Assembly for Wales, London mayoral or local authority elections.

 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

The referendum shall not be held on the same day as elections, other than by-

 

elections, that are scheduled to take place for:

 

(a)    

the Scottish Parliament;

 

(b)    

the National Assembly for Wales;

 

(c)    

the Northern Ireland Assembly;

 

(d)    

the Gibraltar Parliament;

 

(e)    

Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales;

 

(f)    

the London Assembly and Mayor of London; or

 

(g)    

local authorities and mayors in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the referendum is not held on the same day as other

 

polls.

 


 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  37,  at end add—


 
 

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“(5)    

Regulations made under this Act or the 2000 Act in respect of the referendum

 

must be made and come into force not less than six months before the start of the

 

referendum period.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure the legislative framework for the referendum is clear

 

at least six months before it is required to be implemented or complied with.

 


 

Stephen Phillips

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  13,  at end insert ““Commonwealth citizens” does not include

 

citizens of any country which has terminated its membership of the Commonwealth or

 

which has been wholly or partly suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth by

 

the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.”

 


 

Sir William Cash

 

Mr Owen Patterson

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Kate Hoey

 

Graham Stringer

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

John Redwood

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Richard Bacon

 

Jim Shannon

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

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Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Impartiality of broadcasters

 

(1)    

Notwithstanding any enactment or legal instrument, before the start of the

 

referendum period the Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision to

 

ensure the impartiality of broadcasters during the referendum period.

 

(2)    

Regulations made under this section must include provision for the appointment

 

by the Secretary of State of a referendum broadcasting adjudicator.

 

(3)    

Regulations made under this section must require the referendum broadcasting

 

adjudicator

 

(a)    

to draw up and publish guidance applicable to the referendum to ensure

 

the impartiality of broadcasters during the referendum period,

 

notwithstanding any relevant guidance currently in force or in draft; and

 

(b)    

to make arrangements by which an allegations of breach of the guidance

 

on impartiality can be referred to and determined by the adjudicator and

 

where an allegation, in the adjudicator’s view, is vexatious or frivolous

 

to dismiss the allegation.

 

(4)    

Guidance published under subsection (3)(a) shall apply to—

 

(a)    

the holder of a licence under the Broadcasting Act 1990 or 1996 and

 

(b)    

the British Broadcasting Corporation.


 
 

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European Union Referendum Bill, continued

 
 

(5)    

Regulations made under this section shall require the referendum broadcasting

 

adjudicator within one day of receipt of an allegation that a broadcaster has

 

breached the guidance on impartiality to determine whether the guidance has

 

been breached and publish its determination and, where a breach has taken place,

 

to require the broadcaster to remedy the breach within one day.

 

(6)    

Regulations made under this section are to be made by statutory instrument which

 

is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The intention of this amendment is to ensure impartiality of television and radio broadcasters

 

during the referendum campaign and to allow for swift adjudication where an allegation of bias is

 

made.

 

 

ORDER OF THE HOUSE [9 June 2015]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the European Union Referendum Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

 

Proceedings in Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be taken in two days.

 

3.    

The proceedings shall be taken on the days shown in the first column of the

 

following Table and in the order so shown.

 

4.    

The proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table.

 

 

      TABLE

 

Proceedings

Time for conclusion of proceedings

 
 

First day

 
 

Clause 1; new Clauses and new

Three hours after the

 
 

Schedules relating to the subject

commencement of proceedings on

 
 

matter of Clause 1

the Bill on the first day.

 
 

Clause 3; Schedules 1 to 3; new

The moment of interruption on the

 
 

Clauses and new Schedules relating

first day

 
 

to the subject matter of Clause 3 and

  
 

Schedules 1 to 3

  
 

Second day

 
 

Clause 2; new Clauses and new

Four hours after the commencement

 
 

Schedules relating to the subject

of proceedings on the Bill on the

 
 

matter of Clause 2; Clause 5; new

second day

 
 

Clauses and new Schedules relating

  
 

to the subject matter of Clause 5

  
 

Clauses 4 and 6 to 11; remaining

The moment of interruption on the

 
 

new Clauses; remaining new

second day

 
 

Schedules; remaining proceedings

  
 

on the Bill

  

 
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