Fixed-Term Parliament Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Summoning of a new Parliament.     4. - (1) Her Majesty shall, on the day following the dissolution of a Parliament under sections 1, 2 or 3 above, issue a proclamation for the summoning of a new Parliament; and the Meeting of Parliament Act 1694 is hereby repealed.
 
      (2) The dates on which-
 
 
    (a) writs shall be issued,
 
    (b) polling shall take place, and
 
    (c) the new Parliament shall meet
  shall be fixed by decision of the Electoral Commission so as to be consistent with the provisions as to the timetable governing general elections in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and with subsections (3) and (4) below.
 
      (3) In the case of a dissolution under sections 1 or 3-
 
 
    (a) the date for polling shall be no earlier than three and no later than five weeks after the date of the dissolution, and
 
    (b) the date on which the new Parliament shall meet shall be no earlier than one and no later than two weeks after polling has taken place;
  and the decision of the Electoral Commission shall be made no later than eight weeks before the date of the dissolution and shall be laid before Parliament.
 
      (4) In the case of a dissolution under section 2-
 
 
    (a) the date for polling shall be no earlier than four weeks and no later than six weeks after the date of the dissolution, and
 
    (b) the date on which the new Parliament shall meet shall be no earlier than one and no later than two weeks after polling has taken place;
  and the decision of the Electoral Commission shall be made no later than one week after the date of the dissolution and shall be published in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.
 
Interpretation.     5. - (1) For the purposes of section 2, the House of Commons shall be held to have "expressed no confidence" in Her Majesty's Government or in the Prime Minister if it has-
 
 
    (a) agreed to a motion that it has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government or, as the case may be, the Prime Minister, or
 
    (b) disagreed to a motion that it has confidence in Her Majesty's Government or, as the case may be, the Prime Minister.
      (2) For the purposes of section 2(2), the House of Commons shall be held to have "expressed confidence" in the Prime Minister if it has-
 
 
    (a) agreed to a motion that it has confidence in the Prime Minister, or
 
    (b) disagreed to a motion that it has no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Commencement, short title and extent.     6. - (1) This Act comes into force on the date of the first general election after it has received Royal Assent.
 
      (2) This Act may be cited as the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2001.
 
      (3) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
 
 
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