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After Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     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.
  
Before the Schedule
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     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(c).
 
    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(b)--
    (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(a) 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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