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Here you can browse the Amendments to the House of Lords Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Before Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A peerage under the Life Peerages Act 1958 may be conferred on a person notwithstanding that he is disqualified under section 1 from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords, and, accordingly, section 1(4) of that Act shall not apply in relation to any such person.
 
    (2)  Where a peerage is conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 on a person who is disqualified under section 1, that person--
    (a)  shall be entitled to receive a writ of summons in the title (or the most senior title) by virtue of which he is also disqualified, and
    (b)  shall sit not as a new Peer but in right of that title.")
Life peerages for disqualified Peers.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A Lord Temporal shall not be entitled to attend, sit or vote in the House of Lords unless his dignity as a Lord of Parliament was conferred on him in pursuance of the Life Peerages Act 1958 or the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.
 
    (2)  A Lord Temporal who is disqualified from attending, sitting and voting in the House of Lords by virtue of subsection (1)--
    (a)  shall not be entitled to receive a writ of summons to attend any future Parliament; but
    (b)  shall nevertheless be entitled to enter the Palace of Westminster and use the facilities of the Palace as if he were not so disqualified.")
Exclusion of hereditary peers.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  No person shall be entitled to attend, sit or vote in the House of Lords as a peer of Parliament unless his dignity as a Lord of Parliament was conferred on him in pursuance of the Life Peerages Act 1958 or the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.")Exclusion of hereditary peers (No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The purpose of this Act is only to alter the composition of the House of Lords and to extend the right to stand for election and vote for membership of the House of Commons, and therefore nothing herein shall be used to justify a reduction of the powers of the House of Lords, which are necessary to the effective discharge of its responsibilities.")Purpose of Act
(No. 3).
  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (2)") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Page 1, line 5, leave out ("be a member of") and insert ("attend, sit or vote in") 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  Any person who, on the day on which this Act is passed, is a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage, shall remain a member of that House for their life.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MARLESFORD
 
     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  This section does not apply to any member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage who was on the day on which this Act is passed a member of the Privy Council.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 1 stand part of the Bill. 
  
After Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
[As amendments to the amendment tabled by Lord Weatherill and others]
 
     Line 3, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  No person shall be excepted from section 1 in accordance with this section if he has had conferred on him a peerage under the Life Peerage Act 1958 or has agreed to accept such a peerage.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Line 3, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  Any person who is excepted from section 1 in accordance with this section and has conferred on him a peerage under the Life Peerage Act 1958 or has agreed to accept such a peerage shall immediately cease to be so excepted.")
 
     Line 3, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  No person shall be excepted from section 1 in accordance with this section unless--
    (a)  he has been selected for exception in an election at which at least one-half of all voting peers voted for him to be excepted from section 1; or
    (b)  he holds or performs for the time being the Office of Earl Marshal or the Lord Great Chamberlain.")
    (1B)  In this section "voting peer" means a peer who is (disregarding this section) or, where the Standing Orders are made in pursuance of subsection (4) below will on the coming into force of section 1 be, disqualified from voting in the House of Lords by virtue of that section.")
 
  
BY THE LORD VIVIAN
[As an amendment to the amendment tabled by Lord Weatherill and others]
 
     Line 4, leave out ("more than 90") and insert ("less than 170") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
[As amendments to the amendment tabled by Lord Weatherill and others]
 
     Line 4, leave out ("90") and insert ("120") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Line 5, after ("but") insert--
    ("(a)  Standing Orders shall ensure that a due proportion of those elected shall reflect the numbers of hereditary peers who are female and also those who are disabled, and may also make provision for ensuring that those elected represent so far as possible the interests and expertise of the hereditary peers; and
    (b)")
 
     Line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(4A)  No person shall be excepted from section 1 unless the Standing Orders providing for his exception have been agreed by at least one-half of all those who are (disregarding this section) or, where the Standing Orders are made in pursuance of subsection (4) above will on the coming into force of section 1 be, disqualified from voting in the House of Lords by virtue of that section.")
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
[As an amendment to the amendment tabled by Lord Weatherill and others]
 
     Line 14, leave out ("Clerk of the Parliaments, whose certificate") and insert ("Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords, whose decision") 
     Line 15, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  If a vacancy arises by reason of the death or disqualification of an elected hereditary peer excepted from section 1 the vacancy shall be filled--
    (a)  for the duration of the Parliament in which this Act is passed, by the unsuccessful candidate who obtained the highest number of votes in the election at which the deceased or disqualified peer was elected; and
    (b)  for any subsequent Parliament, by the holding of a by-election conducted in accordance with provision made by virtue of this section.")
 
  
BY THE EARL OF MAR AND KELLIE
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  During the period in which this Act remains in force, the Prime Minister shall ensure that at any one time the number of members of the House of Lords whose primary residence is in Scotland shall be no less than 40.
 
    (2)  If at any time the requirement in subsection (1) is not fulfilled, the Prime Minister shall recommend to Her Majesty that additional persons whose primary residence is in Scotland are recommended to Her Majesty for conferment of life peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958.")
Representation (Scotland).
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  A person who receives a writ of summons at a time when he is not a Peer of the Realm shall not be entitled to attend, sit or vote in the House of Lords by virtue of that writ.")Peerages created by writ.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  A Lord who is disqualified from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords by virtue of section 1 may nevertheless be a member of the Committee for Privileges, subject to and in accordance with the Standing Orders of the House, and any such Lord who is a member of that Committee shall be entitled--
    (a)  to admittance to the Palace of Westminster as if he were not so disqualified, and
    (b)  in the performance of his functions as a member of that Committee to all the rights and privileges of any other member of that Committee who is not so disqualified.")
Committee for Privileges.
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in this Act shall exclude a peer who is, on the day before the coming into force of this Act, a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a writ of acceleration from continuing to be a member of the House.")Writ of acceleration.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in section 1 of this Act shall be taken to prevent sixteen holders of peerages in the peerage of Scotland only from sitting or voting in the House of Lords.")Peers of Scotland (No. 3).
  
Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Page 1, leave out lines 7 and 8 and insert--
 
    ("(1)  The expressions "Lord of Parliament" and "Peer of Parliament" shall not include any person who is disqualified by section 1 from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords.
 
    (2)  A person shall not be disqualified from--")
 
     Page 1, line 10, at end insert--
 
("if he is a Peer of the Realm who is disqualified by this Act from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords.")
 
  
After Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The maximum number of persons entitled to receive a writ of summons to the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House is 615.")Number of members of House of Lords.
  
After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  From the start of the session of Parliament following the session in which this Act is passed a system of weighted voting shall be introduced into the House of Lords to ensure that the total number of votes eligible to be cast by members of that House belonging to the party or parties forming the Government in proportion to the total number of votes eligible to be cast by all other members of the House reflects the number of seats held by the party or parties of Government in the House of Commons in proportion to the number of seats held by other parties in that House.
 
    (2)  Standing Orders of the House shall be made to give effect to this section, and may provide that any vote cast by a member belonging to the party or parties forming the Government shall have a greater value than any vote cast by another member.")
Voting rights of members of the House of Lords.
 
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