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After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT TORRINGTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Secretary of State shall petition the Sovereign as to the striking of a commemorative medal to be awarded to peers who have received a writ of summons to attend the present Parliament and who become disqualified by this Act from attending any Session of Parliament after the Session in which this Act is passed in right of an hereditary peerage.")Commemorative Medal.
  
BY THE EARL OF CAITHNESS
 
     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 805.")Number of members of House of Lords (No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be an independent House of Lords review committee which shall review on an annual basis the work of the House of Lords in the light of the passage of this Act in each Session after the Session in which this Act is passed.
 
    (2)  Each report of the Review Committee shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament.
 
    (3)  The Committee shall comprise fifteen members of the Privy Council to be selected in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.
 
    (4)  The Secretary of State shall make regulations relating to the procedure of the committee and its meetings, its support and administrative staff and other supplementary matters.")
Review of the House of Lords.
  
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 shall be greater than the total number of votes eligible to be cast by members of that House belonging to the official opposition party.
 
    (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 (No. 2).
  
After Clause 4
 
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
 
     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 STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Page 2, line 3, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (5) below,") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Page 2, line 3, after ("shall") insert ("not") 
     Page 2, line 4, 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") 
     Page 2, line 7, leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3)  For the purposes of the Representation of the People Acts--
    (a)  section 1 above shall be deemed to have come into force on the 14th September last preceding the date of coming into force of this section ("the relevant date"), and
    (b)  any necessary consequential amendments shall be made to the electoral register on an application made in accordance with subsection (4).
This subsection shall not apply if the relevant date is earlier than 11th October 1999 or, as respects elections in Northern Ireland, 15th September 1999.
 
    (4)  A Peer disqualified under section 1 and entitled, in accordance with the Representation of the People Acts by virtue of subsection (3), to vote in a Parliamentary election may apply for his name to be included in an electoral register as being so entitled not later than--
    (a)  7 days before the date of the first Parliamentary election for which that register will be used is to be held after the relevant date, or
    (b)  twenty eight days after the relevant date,
whichever is the earlier.")
 
     Page 2, line 9, leave out ("or the European Parliament") 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Page 2, line 16, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) hereof, this Act shall not come into force until the Senior Salaries Review Board has reported to the Prime Minister, with their recommendations, as to the salaries, expenses and allowances that ought to be paid to those who will sit and vote in the House of Lords once this Act comes into force.")
 
  
After Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     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.
     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.
  
Schedule
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Page 3, column 3, leave out lines 4 to 18 and insert-- 
  ("The Whole Act") 
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
 
     Page 3, column 3, leave out line 18 and insert ("section 5") 
     Page 3, line 18, column 3, leave out ("4 to") and insert ("5 and") 
  
Schedule
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Page 3, line 18, at end insert-- 
 ("31 Henry 8. The House of Lords Precedence Act 1539. In section 4, the words from "above all dukes" to the end of Section 7.") 
  
Preamble
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Insert the following Preamble--
 
    ("WHEREAS it is expedient that consideration be given to the composition and powers of the House of Lords:
 
    And whereas it is expedient that a Royal Commission should consider and advise Her Majesty's government with respect to the issues:
 
    But whereas it appears that it is not expedient to wait for the report of the Royal Commission and it appears expedient to make such provision as in this Act appears to deprive certain Peers of their right to attend, sit and vote in the House of Lords in this present Session of Parliament and for the future before receiving the Royal Commission's report and advice:")
 
     Insert the following Preamble--
 
    ("WHEREAS it is expedient that provision should be made for regulating the relations between the two Houses of Parliament:
 
    And whereas it is intended to substitute for the House of Lords as it at present exists a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of a hereditary basis, but such substitution cannot be immediately brought into operation.
 
    And whereas provision will require hereafter to be made by Parliament in a measure effecting such substitution for limiting and defining the powers of the new Second Chamber, but it is expedient to make such provision as in this Act appears for restricting the Peers who may take part in the proceedings of the House of Lords:")
 
  
In the Title
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
     Line 2, after ("peerage") insert ("to allow life peerages to be conferred on disqualified peers") 
     Line 4, after ("Commons") insert ("and the European Parliament") 
 
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