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BY THE LORD COLERAINE
 
93D     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A person on whom a life peerage is conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 after the day on which this Act is passed shall receive either--
    (a)  a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House, or
    (b)  a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords and only to sit and speak in that House,
and a person in receipt of a writ described in paragraph (a) is in this section referred to as a "voting member", and a person in receipt of a writ described in paragraph (b) is described as a "non-voting member".
 
    (2)  Any voting member may at the beginning of each Parliament apply for a writ as a non-voting member; and any person who becomes a non-voting member by virtue of this subsection is no longer entitled to a writ as a voting member.
 
    (3)  Any writ issued to a person as a voting member shall not have effect after the end of the Session of Parliament in which he attains the age of 75 years; and accordingly from that day he shall instead receive a writ as a non-voting member.")
Voting and
non-voting
members.
  
BY THE LORD PEARSON OF RANNOCH
 
93E*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  From the day on which this Act comes into force, the members of the House of Lords shall be--
    (a)  the Lords Spiritual;
    (b)  any holder of a peerage under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876;
    (c)  not more than 700 peers who are elected in accordance with subsections (2) and (3); and
    (d)  any person who became a member of the House of Lords in the Session preceding the Session in which this Act is passed.
    (2)  The members of the House under subsection (1)(c) shall be comprised of not more than--
    (a)  240 Cross Bench peers elected by Cross Bench peers;
    (b)  200 Labour peers elected by Labour peers;
    (c)  200 Conservative peers elected by Conservative peers; and
    (d)  60 Liberal Democrat peers elected by Liberal Democrat peers.
    (3)  The electors for the purposes of subsection (1)(c) and (2) shall be members of the House of Lords at the date on which the election is held who--
    (a)  have attended at least 6 sitting days in each of the two Sessions preceding the Session in which this Act is passed, or
    (b)  if they have become a member of the House in either of the two Sessions preceding the Session in which this Act is passed, have attended at least one third of sitting days since the day on which they were introduced.
    (4)  The Clerk of the Parliaments shall certify--
    (a)  the number of days of attendance of each member, and
    (b)  the total number of days on which the House sat,
referred to in subsection (3).
 
    (5)  Standing Orders of the House of Lords shall make provision relating to the holding and conduct of elections under this section, and that such elections shall be held at intervals of no more than 7 years.
 
    (6)  Subject to subsection (8), the Lord Chancellor may by order made by statutory instrument, at intervals of no more than 7 years after the passing of this section, amend any number specified in subsection (2), but only to give effect to a resolution of the House of Lords.
 
    (7)  An order under subsection (6) shall be laid in draft before, and shall be subject to the affirmative resolution of, each House of Parliament.
 
    (8)  The two largest political parties shall be entitled to equal representation in the House of Lords.
 
    (9)  Any question whether a person is elected under this section shall be decided by the Clerk of the Parliaments.")
Membership of
House of Lords
(No. 2).
  
After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD PEYTON OF YEOVIL
THE LORD ALEXANDER OF WEEDON
THE LORD BRIDGES
THE LORD WRIGHT OF RICHMOND
 
94     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  This Act shall cease to have effect and the repeals referred to in section 3 shall be ineffective on 31st October 2001 unless, before that day, a subsequent Act has been passed by both Houses of Parliament to make new provision for membership of the House of Lords.")Duration of Act.
  
BY THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
 
95     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  This Act shall cease to have effect at the end of the Parliament in which it is passed.")Duration of Act (No. 2).
96     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  This Act shall cease to have effect at the expiry of the period of three years beginning with its passing.")Duration of Act (No. 3).
  
BY THE EARL OF CAITHNESS
THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
97     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in this Act affects the powers of the House of Lords.")Declaratory.
  
BY THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
THE BARONESS STRANGE
THE EARL FERRERS
 
98     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  This Act shall not come into force unless a majority of those voting in a referendum have indicated a preference that "the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999 take effect".
 
    (2)  The Secretary of State may by order make such provision about the conduct of the referendum as he thinks appropriate, provided that a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.")
Referendum
(No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
99     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Any holder of a peerage conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 may, by instrument of disclaimer delivered to the Lord Chancellor, disclaim the right to sit and vote as a member of the House of Lords during the period while this Act remains in force.
 
    (2)  The holder of a peerage who exercises the right of disclaimer conferred by subsection (1) above shall not be disqualified by virtue of that peerage for voting at elections to the House of Commons or for being elected as a member of that House.")
Life peerages: disclaimer.
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD ROWALLAN
 
100     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Any person who is the holder of an hereditary peerage and who would but for this Act be entitled to receive a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House shall be entitled to continue to exercise the same rights of access to, and use of, the House of Lords and any premises occupied by that House to which he would have been entitled but for the passing of this Act.")Retention of ancillary rights.
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
101     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the day on which this Act comes into force the members of the second chamber of Parliament shall be known as "Members of the Appointed Chamber".")Members of the second chamber.
102     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the day on which this Act comes into force the members of the Appointed Chamber of Parliament shall be styled as "Lords of Parliament", with the initials "LP" appended to their name but without reference to their rank in the peerage.")Members of the Appointed Chamber: style.
103     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  No-one who holds a life peerage conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 shall be entitled to receive a writ of summons to the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House unless he has attained the age of 50 years.")Members of the second chamber: minimum age.
104     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  No-one who holds a life peerage conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 shall be entitled to receive a writ of summons to the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House after the day on which he attains the age of 70 years, and any writ of summons issued to him shall cease to have effect after that day.")Members of the second chamber: age limit.
105     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The salaries and allowances payable to the members of the second chamber of Parliament shall be the same as those payable to members of the House of Lords on the day before this Act comes into force.")Allowances etc. of members of the second chamber.
  
BY THE EARL OF PERTH
 
106     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in this Act affects the powers of the House of Lords, and in particular the power to veto any bill introduced by a Minister of the Crown providing for the maximum duration of Parliament to be extended beyond 5 years.")Declaratory
(No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
 
107     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  On the coming into force of this Act the House of Lords shall cease to be so known.")House of Lords: name (No. 4).
108     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  On the coming into force of this Act the House of Lords shall cease to be known as such and shall be known as the Senate of the United Kingdom.")House of Lords: name (No. 5).
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
109     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.
  
BY THE EARL OF ONSLOW
 
110     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Any holder of a peerage conferred under the Life Peerages Act 1958 may, by instrument of disclaimer delivered to the Lord Chancellor, disclaim the right to sit and vote as a member of the House of Lords.
 
    (2)  The holder of a peerage who exercises the right of disclaimer conferred by subsection (1) shall retain rights of access to, and use of, the House of Lords and any premises occupied by that House.")
Life peerages: disclaimer (No. 2).
  
BY THE EARL OF LAUDERDALE
 
110A*     Insert the following new Clause--
 
    ("  .  Hereditary peers who cease to be members of the House of Lords by virtue of this Act shall continue to retain their right to host welfare and charitable events in the Palace of Westminster.")
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
110B*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Schedule (Exception from section 1: further provisions) (which makes further provision relating to the exception of hereditary peers from section 1) shall have effect.")Exception from
section 1: further
provisions.
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
THE LORD CHALFONT
THE LORD NAPIER AND ETTRICK
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
111     Page 1, line 13, leave out subsections (1) and (2) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  Sections 1 to 3 and subsections (3) and (4) shall come into force on such day after their commencement has been approved in the referendum referred to in section (Referendum) as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.")
 
  
BY THE LORD NORRIE
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
111A     Page 1, line 13, leave out subsection (1) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  This Act shall come into force at the end of the session of Parliament in which it is passed providing that it is in full compliance with the provisions of the Statute of Westminster 1931 expressed by the written consents of all the Commonwealth States provided as direct evidence of the Resolutions of all the said Parliaments and Assemblies to that effect, all of which have been communicated to the Speaker of the House of Commons.")
 
111B     [Withdrawn] 
  
BY THE LORD BOARDMAN
 
112     Page 1, line 13, leave out from ("Act") to end of line 14 and insert ("shall not come into force until each House of Parliament has come to a resolution that it should do so.
 
    (1A)  No resolution under subsection (1) may be made until the Royal Commission set up to consider the reform of the House of Lords has reported.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BLATCH
 
113     Page 1, line 13, leave out from ("Act") to end of line 14 and insert ("shall not come into force until each House of Parliament has come to a resolution that it should do so.
 
    (  )  No resolution referred to in subsection (1) may be made until the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the reform and composition of the House of Lords have been reported on by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament.")
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
114     Page 1, line 13, leave out ("subsections (3) and (4) below)") and insert ("subsection (3))") 
  
BY THE LORD ELTON
 
115     Page 1, line 13, leave out from ("below)") to end of the line 14 and insert ("shall have effect until the last day of the first Session of the second Parliament following the Parliament in which this Act is passed.") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
116     Page 1, line 13, after ("shall") insert ("not") 
117     Page 1, line 14, leave out from ("force") to end of line and insert ("on 1st September 2001 or if earlier on the dissolution of the Parliament in which this Act is passed.") 
118     Page 1, line 14, leave out from ("force") to end of line and insert ("until a report of a Royal Commission on the future composition and role of the House of Lords has been laid before the House of Lords and accepted by resolution of that House.") 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT MOUNTGARRET
THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
119     Page 1, line 14, leave out ("Session of") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
120     Page 1, line 14, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  This Act shall cease to have effect on the laying before either House of Parliament of a report of a Royal Commission recommending that the composition of the House of Lords be changed and that the hereditary peerage should no longer be a constituent part of the House or that the numbers of hereditary peers entitled to attend, sit and vote in the House of Lords should be reduced or should be unchanged.")
 
  
BY THE LORD NORRIE
 
120A     Page 1, line 14, at end insert--
 
    ("(  ) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1), this Act shall come into force only to the extent that it is in full compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights and the precedents established by the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.")
 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT MOUNTGARRET
THE EARL FERRERS
THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
121     Page 1, line 15, leave out subsection (2) 
121A     [Withdrawn] 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
122     Page 1, line 16, leave out ("a") and insert ("an") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
123     Page 1, line 17, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3)  In relation to a peer who is disqualified from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords by virtue of section 1, section 4 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (qualifying date for eligibility to be included in the register of electors for use in parliamentary elections) shall have effect with the substitution for the dates 10th October and 15th September of the date 1st January for the purposes only of preparing and publishing the register of electors to be used in an election at which the date of the poll is fixed for a date after section 1 above comes into force but earlier than 16th February 2001 (or such later date as may apply in relation to any particular register by virtue of section 13(3), (4) or (5) of the 1985 Act (delayed date of publication of register in certain cases)).")
 
124     Page 1, line 17, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3)  For the purposes of section 4 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (qualifying date for eligibility to be included in the register of electors for use in parliamentary elections) section 1 above shall be deemed to have come into force on the 14th September last preceding the date of the commencement of this section, and any necessary amendments to any electoral register shall be made, before any election is held after that date, on application by any Peer disqualified under section 1.
 
    (4)  The Secretary of State may, by regulations made by statutory instrument, prescribe the form and content of applications under subsection (3) above and, where such regulations are made, an application shall not be valid unless it complies with the requirements of the regulations.")
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
125     Page 1, line 17, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3)  Holders of hereditary peerages, who are no longer members of the House of Lords by virtue of section 1 of this Act shall be entitled from the end of the Session of Parliament in which this Act is passed to be entered onto the electoral register for any one Parliamentary constituency in which they are normally resident, and at any time after the end of the Session of Parliament in which this Act is passed the holders of hereditary peerages who are so entered on to the register shall be entitled to stand at or vote in elections to the House of Commons.")
 
  
BY THE LORD ELTON
THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
126     Page 1, line 17, leave out ("may") and insert ("shall") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
127     Page 1, line 19, leave out ("or the European Parliament") 
  
BY THE LORD BOWNESS
 
127A     Page 1, line 19, after ("Parliament") insert ("to be held after the end of the Parliament in which this Act is passed") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
128     Page 1, line 19, leave out ("as he considers appropriate") 
  
BY THE LORD ELTON
 
129     Page 1, line 19, leave out ("as he considers appropriate") and insert ("as are necessary to ensure that every holder of a hereditary peerage disqualified by this Act from membership of the House of Lords shall be entitled to vote in any election to the House of Commons or the European Parliament held on any date between the end of the session in which this Act is passed and 1st February 2000.") 
 
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