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After Clause 4
 
  
BY THE LORD ELTON
 
131     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the end of the Session of Parliament in which this Act is passed the House of Lords shall cease to be known as the House of Lords and shall instead be known as the Temporary House of Parliament.")House of Lords: name.
132     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the end of the Session of Parliament in which this Act is passed the House of Lords shall cease to be known as the House of Lords and shall instead be known as the Interim House of Parliament.")House of Lords: name (No. 2).
133     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the end of the Session of Parliament in which this Act is passed the House of Lords shall cease to be known as the House of Lords and shall instead be known as the Appointed House of Parliament.")House of Lords: name (No. 3).
  
BY THE LORD NORTHBOURNE
THE EARL OF SANDWICH
 
134     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  From the date of the coming into force of section 1 of this Act the Prime Minister shall at all times ensure (if necessary by recommending the creation of additional life peers) that the number of independent peers entitled to speak and to vote in the second chamber is not less than 30 per cent. of the total number of members entitled to speak and to vote in that Chamber.
 
    (2)  For the purposes of this section "independent peers" shall mean any member who is entitled to speak and to vote in the second chamber and who does not owe allegiance to, is not a member of, and does not take the whip of any political party.")
Independent peers.
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
135     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  During the period while the Act remains in force, recommendations by the Prime Minister to Her Majesty for the conferment of life peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958 shall be made in accordance with the following provisions of this section.
 
    (2)  Not more than twenty recommendations shall be made during any period of one year.
 
    (3)  Not more than fifteen of the recommendations referred to in subsection (2) shall be for the conferment of a life peerage on a person who is a member of a registered party; and such recommendations shall be made in proportion to the respective number of votes cast for registered political parties at the previous general election.")
Recommendations for life peerages.
  
BY THE LORD GISBOROUGH
 
135A     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  This Act shall cease to have effect at the end of the Parliament in which it is passed unless a subsequent Act has been passed affecting the composition of the House of Lords.")Duration of Act (No. 4).
135B     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  This Act shall cease to have effect at the end of the next Parliament after that in which it is passed unless a subsequent Act has been passed affecting the composition of the House of Lords.")Duration of Act (No. 5).
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
135C     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Peers who are disqualified from attending the House of Lords by virtue of section 1 shall nevertheless remain entitled to attend State Openings of Parliament.")Attendance at State Opening of Parliament.
135D     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A Peer who is disqualified from sitting and voting in the House of Lords by virtue of section 1 shall nevertheless remain entitled to sit on the steps of the Throne.
 
    (2)  The son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter, of a Peer who is so disqualified shall be entitled to sit on the steps of the Throne if he or she would have been so entitled had section 1 had not been enacted.")
Entitlement to sit on steps of the Throne.
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
135E     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be a Commission on the Voting System in the House of Lords.
 
    (2)  The Commission shall make recommendations on a system of weighted voting to be introduced into the House 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 shall be greater than the total number of votes eligible to be cast by members of that House belonging to the official opposition party.
 
    (3)  The Commission shall report its recommendations before the start of the session of Parliament in which this Act is passed.
 
    (4)  Standing Orders of the House shall be made to give effect to the Commission's recommendations, 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.")
Commission on the voting system in the House of Lords.
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
136     Page 2, line 4, leave out subsection (1) 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
137     Page 2, line 4, after ("peerage"") insert--
 
("means members of the peerages of Scotland, England, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom other than those created under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 or the Life Peerages Act 1958, and")
 
  
BY THE LORD PEARSON OF RANNOCH
THE VISCOUNT MOUNTGARRET
 
138     Page 2, line 4, leave out from ("peerage"") to end of line 5 and insert ("does not include any of the peers of Blood Royal") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
139     Page 2, line 4, at end insert (", the dukedom of Cornwall, the dukedom of Rothesay") 
139A     Page 2, line 4, at end insert (", the Barony of Renfrew") 
139B     Page 2, line 4, at end insert (", the Earldom of Carrick") 
139C     Page 2, line 4, at end insert (", the Lord of the Isles") 
  
BY THE BARONESS FLATHER
 
140     Page 2, line 6, leave out ("House of Lords") and insert ("Removal of Hereditary Peerage Rights") 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
141     Page 2, line 6, leave out ("House of Lords") and insert ("Appointed Chamber") 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
142     Page 2, line 6, leave out ("House of Lords") and insert ("Parliament") 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT TRENCHARD
 
142A     Page 2, line 6, after ("Lords") insert ("(Membership)") 
  
After Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
143     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Parliament Act 1911 shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In section 2(1) (restriction on power of House of Lords as to Bills other than money Bills or Bills extending the maximum life of a Parliament beyond five years) after "five years" there shall be inserted "or a Bill to change the composition of the House of Lords".
 
    (3)   This section shall be deemed to have come into force at the end of the Session of Parliament in which the Bill for this Act was introduced.")
Disapplication of the Parliament Act 1911.
144     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Parliament Act 1949 (which amended the Parliament Act 1911 so as to shorten to two years the period during which the government must wait before proceeding under the Parliament Act 1911 with a Bill which has been rejected by the House of Lords) shall not apply in relation to the Bill for this Act.
 
    (2)  This section shall be deemed to have come into force at the end of the Session of Parliament in which the Bill for this Act was introduced.")
Disapplication of the Parliament Act 1949.
  
Before the Schedule
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
144A     Insert the following new Schedule-- 
 ("SCHEDULE 
 EXCEPTION FROM SECTION 1: FURTHER PROVISIONs 
     1. The persons excepted from section 1 by section (Exception from section 1) shall include--
    (a)  75 qualified hereditary peers elected by qualified hereditary peers in accordance with this Schedule, and
    (b)  15 qualified hereditary peers elected by the House of Lords in accordance with this Schedule.
    2. The peers to which paragraph 1(a) refers shall consist of--
    (a)  2 qualified hereditary peers elected by qualified hereditary peers belonging to or affiliated to the Labour party,
    (b)  42 qualified hereditary peers elected by qualified hereditary peers belonging to or affiliated to the Conservative party,
    (c)  3 qualified hereditary peers elected by qualified hereditary peers belonging to or affiliated to the Liberal Democrat party, and
    (d)  28 qualified hereditary peers elected by qualified hereditary peers who do not belong to or who are not affiliated to any political party mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) to (c).
 
 The Registers 
     3. The Clerk of the Parliaments shall maintain--
    (a)  a register of hereditary peers for the purpose of elections under paragraph 1(a), and
    (b)  a register of hereditary peers for the purpose of elections under paragraph 1(b),
and shall ensure that the registers are available for inspection and published in such manner as the House of Lords may direct.
 
    4. A person who is a member of the House of Lords by virtue of an hereditary peerage (or who would, but for the passing of this Act, be such a member) and who wishes to stand as a candidate in an election under paragraph 1, or to vote in an election under paragraph 1(a), may apply to the Clerk of the Parliaments for inclusion on a register.
 
    5. A person who applies to the Clerk of the Parliaments for inclusion on the register mentioned in paragraph 3(a) shall certify either--
    (a)  the political party mentioned in paragraph 2 to which he is affiliated or belongs, or
    (b)  that he is neither affiliated nor belongs to any political party there mentioned.
    6. A person who applies to the Clerk of the Parliaments for inclusion on the register mentioned in paragraph 3(b) shall certify that he is ready to serve as a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords or in such other office as that House may require.
 
    7. An application for inclusion on a register and a certificate relating to the application must be in writing.
 
    8. The entitlement of an heir or claimant to an hereditary peerage to inclusion on a register shall be determined as if he were applying for a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords before the entry into force of this Act.
 
 Elections 
     9. The date or dates of elections shall be determined by the House of Lords; but the election under paragraph 1(b) shall be held before the election under paragraph 1(a).
 
    10. At least two weeks before an election the Clerk of the Parliaments shall issue a notice of the day or days of the election together with such details relating to the conduct and place of the election as may be determined by or under Standing Orders of the House.
 
    11. The ballot paper for an election under paragraph 1(b) shall contain the names of each candidate.
 
    12. In the case of an election under paragraph 1(a)--
    (a)  separate ballot papers shall be pursued in respect of each of the elections under paragraph 2(a) to (d), each containing the names of each candidate; but
    (b)  a person who is elected in an election under paragraph 1(b) is disqualified to stand as a candidate.
    13. In an election a person may cast a number of votes equal to the total number of vacancies in the election.
 
    14. The results of every election shall be published in the minutes of proceedings of the House of Lords.
 
    15. The Clerk of the Parliaments shall act as the returning officer in an election and shall certify the results.
 
    16. If the Clerk of the Parliaments reasonably suspects that a material irregularity or some improper conduct may have occurred in an election, he shall refer the matter to the Committee for Privileges.
 
 Vacancies and by-elections 
     17. If a vacancy arises by reason of the death or disqualification of an elected hereditary peer 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 this Schedule.
 
 Equality of votes 
     18. Where by reason of an equality of votes in an election--
    (a)  the number of elected hereditary peers would be greater than--
          (i)  any of the numbers specified in paragraphs 2(a) to (d), in the case of an election under paragraph 1(a), or
          (ii)  15, in the case of an election under paragraph 1(b), or
    (b)  in a case under paragraph 17, more than one candidate is eligible to fill a vacancy,
there shall be a further election between the affected candidates conducted in accordance with this Schedule.
 
 Supplementary 
     19. Where any election under this Schedule falls during a dissolution of Parliament it shall be postponed to a date two weeks after the first meeting of the new Parliament.
 
    20. In this Schedule "qualified hereditary peer" means an hereditary peer who is--
    (a)  entitled to receive a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords and to sit and vote in that House, or who would but for the provisions of this Act be so entitled, and
    (b)  is included on a register mentioned in paragraph 3.")
 
 
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