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

 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Before Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
THE LORD CHALFONT
THE LORD NAPIER AND ETTRICK
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
1     Insert the following new Clause-- 

        3
    (".--(1) Sections 1 to 3 and 4(3) and (4) of this Act shall not come into force until the people of the United Kingdom have approved their coming into force before the implementation of any of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the reform and composition of the House of Lords, in a referendum conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life set out in chapter 12 of Cm 4057-I. 
     (2)  The referendum referred to in subsection (1) shall not be held until the recommendations of the Royal Commission have been reported on by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament.")Referendum.
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
THE LADY SALTOUN OF ABERNETHY
[As an amendment to amendment 1]
 
2     Line 3, leave out ("the people of") and insert ("a majority of the parliamentary electorate in") 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
3     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (". The purpose of this Act is to create a more legitimate and more democratic House of Lords.")Purpose of Act.
4     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (". The purpose of this Act is to increase the independence of Parliament and to enhance its ability to scrutinise legislation and to hold the executive to account.")Purpose of Act (No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD NORTHBOURNE
 
5     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  . The objects of this Act are to provide for the greater democratic legitimacy of the second chamber and thereby promote the more effective scrutiny of public and other legislation by the second chamber; and for other matters.")Objects of this Act.
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
6     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.
7*     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 he is a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
 
    (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.
8*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  No person shall 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 he is a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary or a bishop of the Church of England.")Exclusion of hereditary peers (No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
9     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).
  
BY THE LORD SELSDON
 
10     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Except as provided by subsection (2) below, the holder by succession of a hereditary peerage of England, Scotland, Great Britain or the United Kingdom, shall not in right of that peerage receive a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords in any Parliament summoned after the commencement of this Act.
 
    (2)  Subsection (1) shall not affect the right to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords of any holder by succession of a hereditary peerage who had received such a writ in right of that peerage at any time before the date of commencement of this Act.
 
    (3)  Any holder of a hereditary peerage or peer of first creation to whom subsection (2) of this section applies, may by notice in writing to the Lord Chancellor within one year after the commencement of this act, disclaim his membership of the House of Lords; and thereupon subsection (2) shall cease to apply to him and any writ of summons to attend that House previously issued to him shall cease to have effect.
 
    (4)  In any Parliament summoned after the commencement of this Act, the temporal members of the House of Lords shall compose members possessing full voting rights (in this Act referred to as voting peers) and other members; the voting peers shall consist of peers of first creation and not less than one hundred hereditary peers nominated by the holders by succession of hereditary peerages whether in the peerage of England, Scotland, Great Britain or the United Kingdom.
 
    (5)  A peer who is not a voting peer shall not be qualified to vote--
    (a)  on any question to be determined by the House (including any committee of the whole House); or
    (b)  as a member of any committee for the consideration of any Bill or Measure or of any instrument or draft instrument.
    (6)  Nothing in this section affects the right of any peer to move any motion or to take part, otherwise than by vote, in any proceedings of the House or any committee of the House.
 
    (7)  In this section--
    peer of first creation" includes a peer upon whom a life peerage has been conferred under any enactment; and
    vote" means give voice upon question put or take part in a division.")
Composition
of the House
of Lords.
  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
 
11     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to section (Peers of Scotland)") 
12     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to section (Peers of Scotland (No. 2))") 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
13     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to section 4(1) and (1A)") 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
14     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (2)") 
  
BY THE LORD NORRIE
 
14A*     Page 1, line 5, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (2A)") 
  
BY THE EARL OF KINNOULL
 
15     Page 1, line 5, after ("No-one") insert ("who after the day on which this Act is passed succeeds to a hereditary peerage") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD MONSON
 
16     Page 1, line 5, leave out ("shall be") and insert ("who is") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
17     Page 1, line 5, leave out ("be a member of") and insert ("attend, sit or vote in") 
  
BY THE EARL OF CLANWILLIAM
 
18     Page 1, line 5, after ("Lords") insert ("only") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
19     Page 1, line 5, leave out ("by virtue of") and insert ("because he holds") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
20     Page 1, line 5, leave out second ("a") and insert ("an") 
  
BY THE EARL OF KINNOULL
 
21     Page 1, line 5, leave out second ("a") and insert ("that") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD COLERAINE
THE LORD PALMER
 
22     Page 1, line 6, at end insert ("shall be entitled to vote in that House or in any committee of that House") 
  
BY THE LORD MONSON
 
23     Page 1, line 6, at end insert ("shall be entitled to vote in a division in the House of Lords or in a Committee of the whole House on any question arising in the consideration of a Bill sponsored by a Minister of the Crown") 
  
BY THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
24     Page 1, line 6, at end insert (", but any person who is excluded from membership of the House of Lords by virtue of this Act shall retain the right to correspond with Ministers of the Crown as if he remained a member of that House") 
  
BY THE LORD RENTON OF MOUNT HARRY
 
25     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  But subsection (1) shall not apply in respect of any proceedings in the House of Lords on a bill introduced by a Minister of the Crown providing for--
    (a)  the maximum duration of Parliament to be extended beyond 5 years, or
    (b)  new restrictions on the constitutional powers of the Crown.")
 
  
BY THE EARL OF CLANWILLIAM
 
26     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  But any holder of a hereditary peerage who has been elected to--
      (a)  the House of Commons,
      (b)  the European Parliament,
      (c)  the Scottish Parliament,
      (d)  the Northern Ireland Assembly,
      (e)  the National Assembly for Wales,
      (f)  a regional assembly in England,
      (g)  the Greater London Authority,
      (h)  a local authority, or
      (i)  consecutively to any of the bodies listed in paragraphs (a) to (h),
for a continuous period of seven years shall be entitled to receive a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House by virtue of that peerage on the completion of that period or, in the case of a member of the House of Commons, on the day after he ceases to be a member.
 
    (3)  In subsection (2) "local authority" means--
    (a)  in relation to England, a county, district or London borough council;
    (b)  in relation to Wales, a county or county borough council;
    (c)  in relation to Scotland, a council for a local government area, and
    (d)  in relation to Northern Ireland, a county, district or county borough council.")
 
  
BY THE EARL OF LONGFORD
THE LORD MORAN
THE LORD ELLENBOROUGH
THE BARONESS YOUNG
 
27     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2) But subsection (1) does not apply to any person who, on the day before this Act is passed, is a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage, who shall retain the right to speak, but not to vote, in that House for the remainder of their life.")
 
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
 
28     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  This section does not apply to any person who was on 31st July 1963 the holder of a peerage in the peerage of Scotland only and who on that day became eligible to receive a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords, and to sit and vote in that House.")
 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
29     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
 
30     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 NORRIE
 
30A*     Page 1, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  The personal and property rights to enter, sit and speak in the House of Lords as granted by Letters Patent and existing in customary and common laws, shall not be changed by this Act.")
 
  
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. 
 
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