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Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
41     Page 1, leave out lines 21 and 22 and insert--
 
    ("A person shall not be disqualified for--")
 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
42     Page 1, line 21, leave out ("by virtue of") and insert ("because he holds") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
43     Page 1, line 24, at end insert--
    ("if he is a Peer of the Realm who is disqualified by this Act for attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords.")
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
44     Page 1, line 24, at end insert--
 
("unless he is excepted from section 1.
 
    (2)  The holder of a hereditary peerage who is a member of the House of Commons is disqualified for being excepted from section 1 or for voting at any election held in pursuance of Standing Orders of the House for the exception of any person from section 1.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS JAY OF PADDINGTON
 
44A     Page 1, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Subsection (1) shall not apply in relation to anyone excepted from section 1 by virtue of section 2.")
 
  
After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE EARL OF LAUDERDALE
 
45     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The House of Lords may make provision for hereditary peers who cease to be members of the House of Lords by virtue of this Act to retain their right to host welfare and charitable events in the Palace of Westminster.")Hereditary peers to be able to host charitable events in Palace of Westminster.
  
BY THE LORD MANCROFT
THE VISCOUNT GOSCHEN
THE LORD RENTON OF MOUNT HARRY
 
46     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  In respect of any proceedings in the House of Lords on a Bill providing for the maximum duration of Parliament to be extended beyond five years, no peer appointed to the House of Lords under the Life Peerages Act 1958 during the course of that Parliament shall be entitled to vote on such proceedings.")Voting rights of life peers: extension of duration of Parliament.
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
47     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A member of the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales or Northern Ireland Assembly is disqualified for sitting and voting in the House of Lords.
 
    (2)  Where an individual is disqualified under this section, the disqualification ceases on the day he ceases to be a member of the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales or Northern Ireland Assembly.
 
    (3)  No writ of summons shall be issued to a person who is for the time being disqualified under this section.")
Disqualification of Members of Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly.
48     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  A person who is the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament or the Northern Ireland Assembly or the presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales is disqualified for sitting and voting in the House of Lords.
 
    (2)  Where an individual is disqualified under this section, the disqualification ceases on the day he ceases to be the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament or the Northern Ireland Assembly or the presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales.
 
    (3)  No writ of summons shall be issued to a person who is for the time being disqualified under this section.")
Disqualification of Presiding Officers of Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly and presiding officer of National Assembly for Wales.
49     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.
50     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 Selected Chamber".")Members of the second chamber.
51     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  From the day on which this Act comes into force the members of the Selected 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 Selected Chamber: style.
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
52     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 659.")Number of members of House of Lords.
53     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in this Act affects the power of the House of Lords to entertain a petition from a claimant to an hereditary peerage to succeed to that peerage or the provision made by that House for such a petition to be referred to the Committee for Privileges.")Peerage claims.
  
BY THE VISCOUNT TORRINGTON
THE EARL OF LIVERPOOL
 
54     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
THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
55     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 830.")Number of members of House of Lords (No. 2).
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
56     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The expressions Lord of Parliament" and "Peer of Parliament" shall not include any person who is disqualified by section 1 from attending, sitting or voting in the House of Lords.Style of disqualified peers.
57     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
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
58     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).
  
BY THE LORD ROTHERWICK
THE BARONESS KNIGHT OF COLLINGTREE
THE EARL OF CLANWILLIAM
 
58A*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Hereditary peers who cease to be members of the House of Lords by virtue of this Act shall retain their right to use the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.")Hereditary peers
to retain right to
use Chapel of
St Mary Undercroft.
  
BY THE LORD CLIFFORD OF CHUDLEIGH
 
58B     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Section 1 shall not apply in respect of any proceedings in the House of Lords on a constitutional bill or a bill including constitutional provisions, and any person who was the holder of a hereditary peerage and who was entitled to a writ of summons to attend that House on the day before this Act comes into force shall continue to be entitled to sit and vote on such proceedings.")Constitutional bills: voting rights of hereditary peers.
58C     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Any person who was the holder of a hereditary peerage and who was entitled to a writ of summons to attend the House of Lords on the day before this Act came into force shall continue to be entitled to sit, but not to vote, in any proceedings of that House or of a committee of that House, subject to section (Constitutional bills: voting rights of hereditary peers).")Hereditary peers: sitting rights.
  
BY THE LORD COLERAINE
 
58D*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Notwithstanding subsection (2) of section 2, at any one time no more than 90 peers by succession shall be excepted from section 1 by this section in accordance with Standing Orders of the House, and they shall be entitled to sit but not to vote in the House or in any Committee of the House. 
     (2)  Standing Orders shall provide that the 90 hereditary peers so excepted shall consist of the following categories--
    (a)  no more than 2 peers elected by the Labour hereditary peers;
    (b)  no more than 42 peers elected by the Conservative hereditary peers;
    (c)  no more than 3 peers elected by the Liberal Democrat hereditary peers;
    (d)  no more than 28 peers elected by the Cross-bench hereditary peers; and
    (e)  no more than 15 peers elected by the whole House.
    (3)  A person may be excepted from section 1 by or in accordance with Standing Orders made in anticipation of the enactment or commencement of this section.
 
    (4)  Any question whether a person is excepted from section 1 shall be decided by the Clerk of the Parliaments, whose certificate shall be conclusive.")
Exception from section 1:
non-voting peers.
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE BARONESS JAY OF PADDINGTON
 
58E     Page 2, line 1, at beginning insert--
 
    (".--(1) The enactments mentioned in Schedule (Amendments) are amended as specified there.")
 
  
After Clause 4
 
  
BY THE EARL OF CAITHNESS
THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
59     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 Interim Chamber" and shall be styled as "Member [surname]" in any proceedings of the House.")Members of the second chamber.
60     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The salaries payable to the members of the second chamber of Parliament shall be payable only to those office holders who were eligible to receive a salary on the day before this Act comes into force.")Salaries of members of the second chamber.
  
BY THE EARL OF PERTH
THE EARL OF ERROLL
 
61     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Nothing in this Act affects the power of the House of Lords 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.
  
BY THE LORD RANDALL OF ST BUDEAUX
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
62     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 end 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.
 
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