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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 4th April 2001

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

ELECTIONS BILL

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

11

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     3,     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (2A),'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

7

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out '7th June 2001', and insert 'a date to be proposed by Her Majesty's Government and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.

   

Sir Patrick Cormack

5

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     at end insert 'or such other date or dates as Parliament may determine by affirmative resolution'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

13

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint a day later than 7th June 2001 to which the elections mentioned in subsections (1) and (2) are to be postponed if he is satisfied that the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease is not under control in a particular local authority area; and different days may be appointed for different local authority areas.

    (2B)   For the purposes of subsection (2A), the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease is "under control" when:

    (a)   the standard time between the report of a new case of the disease and the slaughter of the animals in question is 24 hours or less; and

    (b)   the geographical spread of the disease has been reversed; and

    (c)   movement restrictions have been lifted from most farms; and

    (d)   the trend in new cases of the disease is clearly downward.

    (2C)   An order made under subsection (2A) shall not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by, each House of Parliament.

    (2D)   An order made under subsection (2A) may include such consequential, transitional or supplementary provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate, and in particular may include provision for the postponement of a local government election to fill a casual vacancy which falls to be held after 7th June 2001 but before the day appointed in the order.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

12

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (2A),'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

8

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     8,     leave out '7th June 2001', and insert 'a date to be proposed by Her Majesty's Government and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

9

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end insert 'subject to his confirmation of his continued willingness and ability to be nominated'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

20

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     at end insert '; but any person who submits a nomination form which was completed prior to 1st May 2001, and which contains the name of a proposer, seconder or assentor who was registered to vote prior to 1st May 2001, but who is no longer registered to vote at the time the nomination is submitted, shall be deemed to have been validly nominated if his nomination would have been valid for an election held on 3rd May 2001.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

10

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     18,     at end insert 'or any month proposed by Her Majesty's Government and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

19

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   Paragraph 6A(1) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Act 1972 (date of annual meetings) is to have effect for the year 2001 as if for "June 30" there were substituted "July 31".'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

15

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     leave out '50' and insert '75'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

16

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     leave out '50' and insert '100'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

14

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     leave out '(whenever he was nominated)'.


   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Don Foster

56

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     3,     leave out from 'Ireland' to the end of line 8 and insert 'shall not be postponed'.

   

Sir Patrick Cormack

6

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     4,     at end insert 'or such other date or dates as Parliament may determine by affirmative resolution'.

   

Mr William Ross

40

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     5,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr William Ross

41

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     7,     leave out subsection (3).

   

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Dr William McCrea

24

*Page     2,     line     2,     leave out Clause 2.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

21

*Clause     3,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out first '(1)' and insert '(1A)'.

   

Mr William Ross

55

*Clause     3,     page     2,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(5)   In Northern Ireland, where polls for different elections are taken together on the same day—

    (a)   all applications for a postal ballot shall be made to the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland;

    (b)   a single application shall be deemed to consitute an application for a postal ballot for each election;

    (c)   the Chief Electoral Officer shall inform the returning officer for each district council and each parliamentary constituency of those registered voters within the area for which he is reponsible who have applied for a postal vote.'.

   

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Dr William McCrea

25

*Page     2,     line     9,     leave out Clause 3.


   

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Dr William McCrea

26

*Page     2,     line     27,     leave out Clause 4.


   

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Dr William McCrea

27

*Page     2,     line     31,     leave out Clause 5.


   

Mr William Ross

42

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     21,     after 'compensating', insert 'the Chief Electoral Officer or'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Don Foster
Mr Lembit Öpik

1

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     21,     leave out 'or candidate who'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

17

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     21,     after 'candidate', insert 'or other person'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

18

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     21,     after 'candidate', insert 'or serving or former member of a local authority'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Don Foster
Mr Lembit Öpik
Mr William Ross

2

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     26,     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Don Foster
Mr Lembit Öpik
Mr William Ross

3

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     30,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr William Ross

45

*Page     3,     line     19,     leave out Clause 6.


   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Don Foster
Mr Lembit Öpik

4

*Clause     7,     page     3,     line     35,     leave out subsection (2).


NEW CLAUSES

Claims by candidates for reimbursement of expenses

   

Mr Eric Forth

NC1

*To move the following Clause:—

       'Candidates for election in local government elections in England and Wales validly nominated by 3rd April 2001 may submit to the returning officer claims for the reimbursement of expenses incurred in the production of election materials no longer useable.'.


Availability of rolling electoral register

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC2

*To move the following Clause:—

       '.—In regulation 47 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, after paragraph (1) there is inserted:—

    "(1A)   In paragraph (1), 'register' includes all the items specified in regulation 46(1)(a), (b) and (c).".'.


Availability of electoral register to prospective candidates and registered political parties

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC3

*To move the following Clause:—

       '.—In regulation 46 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, after paragraph (9) there is inserted:—

    "(9A)   The requirement to supply a copy of the register under paragraph (8)(a) above is not satisfied merely by reason of the fact that the requirement in paragraph (7) has been complied with in respect of the registered political party in the name of which the prospective candidate is to be nominated.".'.

 
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