Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills Second Report


SECOND REPORT


ORDERED TO REPORT:

  The Committee has considered the European Parliamentary Elections Bill [H.L.] which was referred to it. The Committee has heard evidence on the Bill and has made an amendment to it (set out in the Annex to this Report) to improve its form. The Committee is of the opinion that the Bill is pure consolidation and represents the existing law.

  The Bill has been drafted on the assumption that provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill currently before Parliament will be enacted. The Committee were also informed of the Government's intention to bring forward further amendments to that bill which will amend the law about European parliamentary elections. The Government then intend to bring forward amendments to this Bill at a later stage in order to reflect any amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill and thus to ensure that the consolidation of the law is up to date at the point when this Bill receives Royal Assent. The Committee consider this will not affect the status of the Bill as pure consolidation. The Committee were assured that this Bill will not be allowed to progress beyond the point at which it can be amended until the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill has been passed.

  The Committee do, however, note that the practice of consolidation bills proceeding in tandem with other bills whose provisions they consolidate appears to be increasing. The Committee express the view that this practice should, so far as possible, be avoided in the future because it introduces an unnecessary degree of uncertainty in the process of consolidation.

  There is no other point to which the special attention of Parliament should be drawn.

ANNEX

AMENDMENT MADE BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON CONSOLIDATION BILLS

European Parliamentary Elections Bill [H.L.]

Amendment
No.
Clause 10
1
Page 6, line 15, at end insert ("; and in this subsection a "criminal law or civil law decision" has the same meaning as in Council Directive 93/109/EC")


 
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