Representation of the People Bill - continued        House of Lords

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Service voters
Service declarations.     7. Section 12(3) and (4) of the 1983 Act (by virtue of which persons with service qualifications may only be registered in pursuance of a service declaration, even where they would otherwise be entitled to be registered by virtue of residence in the United Kingdom) shall cease to have effect.
Further amendments
Further amendments about registration.     8. Schedules 1, 2 and 3, which make consequential and connected amendments of-
    (a) the 1983 Act,
    (b) sections 1 to 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (overseas electors), and
    (c) the Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989 ,
  respectively, shall have effect.
Supply of information contained in register
Restriction on supply of information contained in register.     9. - (1) Schedule 2 to the 1983 Act (provisions which may be contained in regulations as to registration) is amended as follows.
      (2) For paragraphs 10 and 11 there shall be substituted-
"10. - (1) Provisions requiring a registration officer to prepare, in addition to the version of the register which he is required to prepare by virtue of the other provisions of this Act ("the full register"), a version of the register which omits the names and addresses of registered electors by or on behalf of whom requests have been made to have their names and addresses excluded from that version of it ("the edited register").
      (2) Provisions specifying a form of words to be used by a registration officer for the purpose of-
    (a) explaining to persons registered or applying to be registered, or persons acting on behalf of such persons, the purposes for which both the full register and the edited register may be used, and
    (b) ascertaining whether the exclusion of their names and addresses from that register is requested by or on behalf of such persons.
  10A. Provisions requiring copies of the full register and other documents, or prescribed parts of them, to be available for inspection by the public at such places as may be prescribed.
  10B.- (1) Provisions authorising or requiring a registration officer-
    (a) to supply to such persons as may be prescribed copies of the full register and other documents, or prescribed parts of them, whether free of charge or on payment of a prescribed fee;
    (b) to supply to any persons copies of the edited register, or any prescribed part of it, on payment of a prescribed fee.
      (2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-paragraph (1) above or paragraph 11A below, regulations made in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1) may contain any such provisions as are authorised by paragraph 11A.
  11.- (1) Provisions imposing prohibitions or restrictions relating to the extent (if any) to which-
    (a) persons inspecting the full register in accordance with regulations made in pursuance of paragraph 10A above may make copies of the register;
    (b) persons to whom copies of the full register are supplied (whether in accordance with regulations made in pursuance of paragraph 10B above or in accordance with any other provision made by or under an Act) may-
      (i) supply those copies, or otherwise disclose any information contained in them, to other persons, or
      (ii) make use of any such information otherwise than for the purposes for which the copies have been supplied.
      (2) In this paragraph any reference to the full register includes a reference to any part of it."
      (3) In paragraph 13 (offences and supplemental matters), after sub-paragraph (1) there shall be inserted-
    "(1A) Provisions making it an offence (punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale) for a person to contravene any regulations made in pursuance of paragraph 11 above or to do so in any prescribed circumstances."
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