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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
 
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
 
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).
  
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 ERROL
 
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.
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
THE LORD CHALFONT
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
THE LORD NAPIER AND ETTRICK
 
63     Page 2, line 3, leave out subsections (1) and (2) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  This Act shall come into force on such day after its 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 STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
64     Page 2, line 3, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (5) below,") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
65     Page 2, line 3, after ("shall") insert ("not") 
66     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") 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT MOUNTGARRET
THE EARL FERRERS
 
67     Page 2, line 4, leave out ("Session of") 
68     Page 2, line 5, leave out subsection (2) 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
69     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.")
 
70     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
 
71     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
 
72     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.
73     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.
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE EARL FERRERS
 
74     Page 2, line 19, leave out ("House of Lords") and insert ("Selected Chamber") 
  
Schedule
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
75     Page 3, line 3, 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.") 
76     Page 3, column 3, leave out lines 4 to 18 and insert-- 
 ("The whole Act.") 
  
BY THE LORD GRAY
 
77     Page 3, column 3, leave out line 18 and insert ("Section 5") 
78     Page 3, line 18, column 3, leave out ("4 to") and insert ("5 and") 
  
Preamble
 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
79     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:")
 
80     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 EARL FERRERS
 
81     Line 1, leave out ("by virtue of a hereditary peerage") 
  
BY THE LORD TREFGARNE
THE EARL OF NORTHESK
 
82     Line 2, after ("peerage") insert ("; to allow life peerages to be conferred on disqualified peers") 
83     Line 4, after ("Commons") insert ("and the European Parliament") 
 
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