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  PART IV
  THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND MINISTERIAL OFFICES
House of Commons: composition.     17. For Rule 1 of Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 substitute-
 
 
      " 1. For the first general election after 1st January 2010 the number of constituencies in the United Kingdom shall be 525.
 
      1A. For the first general election after 1st January 2020 the number of constituencies in the United Kingdom shall be 400."
 
Ministerial offices.     18. - (1) The number of members of the Cabinet shall not exceed 15.
 
      (2) The number of Ministers of the Crown shall not exceed 75, of whom-
 
 
    (a) not more than 60 may be members of the House of Commons, and
 
    (b) not more than 15 may be members of the House of Lords.
      (3) Accordingly, paragraph 2 of Part V of Schedule 1 to the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 ("the 1975 Act") is amended as follows-
 
 
    (a) in sub-paragraph (a), for "21" substitute "14", and
 
    (b) in sub-paragraph (b), for "83" substitute "71",
  and in section 2(1) of the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (ministerial offices), for "ninety-five" substitute "seventy-five".
 
      (4) In this section, "Minister of the Crown" excludes any office mentioned in Part IV of Schedule 2 to the 1975 Act (whips) other than Parliamentary Secretary.
 
New Cabinet Ministers subject to by-election.     19. - (1) The seat of any member of the House of Commons who is appointed to any office as a member of the Cabinet shall be vacated as if he were appointed to an office mentioned in section 4 of the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975; and the provisions of that Act as they apply to an office mentioned in that section shall apply accordingly to a person appointed to an office mentioned in this section.
 
      (2) This section does not apply to-
 
 
    (a) the Prime Minister or a person who already holds office as a member of the Cabinet when appointed to a different office as a member of the Cabinet,
 
    (b) any person appointed to an office mentioned in subsection (1) immediately following a general election, or
 
    (c) any person reelected at a by-election held by reason of the provisions of subsection (1).
Proceedings on matters equivalent to those devolved to Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and National Assembly for Wales.     20. - (1) No member of the House of Commons representing a constituency in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales shall speak or vote in any proceedings of that House on any matter if-
 
 
    (a) that matter is a matter which if relating to Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales would be within the exclusive competence of the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the National Assembly for Wales, and
 
    (b) that member's constituency is in an area for which a member is returned to the Parliament or Assembly within whose competence the matter would fall.
      (2) In this section "proceedings" include proceedings in any committee.
 
 
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