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Here you can browse the Amendments to the Representation of the People Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 5, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Subsection (3) above shall apply in relation to a person's absence by reason of his attendance on a course provided by an educational institution as it applies in relation to a person's absence in the performance of any duty such as is mentioned in that subsection.")
 
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 10, line 32, leave out ("both the full register and the edited register may") and insert ("the full register and the edited register may each") 
     Page 10, line 35, leave out ("that") and insert ("the edited") 
     Page 11, line 2, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Provisions specifying, in relation to any description of persons prescribed by regulations made in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1)(a) above, the purposes for which copies supplied to such persons under such regulations, or information contained in them, may be used whether by such persons or by employees or other persons authorised by them in accordance with regulations to have access to such copies or information contained in them.")
 
     Page 11, leave out line 19 and insert ("any purposes specified in such regulations or (as the case may be) for which the copies have been supplied in accordance with any such provision.") 
     Page 11, line 19, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Provisions imposing, in relation to persons--
    (a)  to whom copies of the full register have been supplied, or information contained in such copies has been disclosed, in accordance with regulations made in pursuance of this paragraph, or
    (b)  who otherwise have access to such copies or information,
prohibitions or restrictions corresponding to those which may be imposed by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above.
 
    (  )  Provisions imposing, in relation to persons involved in the preparation of the full register, prohibitions with respect to supplying copies of the full register and disclosing information contained in it.")
 
     Page 11, line 27, at end insert ("or
    (b)  where such a contravention has occurred on the part of a person in the employment, or otherwise under the direction or control, of a company or other organisation, for--
          (i)  a director of the company, or
          (ii)  a person concerned with the management of the organisation,
      to have failed to take such steps as it was reasonable for him to take to secure the operation of procedures designed to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, the occurrence of such contraventions on the part of such persons."")
 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 34, line 49, at end insert ("by reason of his attendance on a course provided by an educational institution or that of his spouse, or") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 17, line 14, after ("4,") insert--
    ("(  )  paragraph 6 of Schedule 5,")
 
     Page 17, line 20, leave out ("and 13") and insert ("to 13C") 
  
Schedule 5
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 40, leave out lines 18 and 19 and insert ("any relevant election,") 
     Page 40, line 24, at end insert--
    ("; or
    (b)  anything which purports to be the signature of an elector who proposes, seconds or assents to, the nomination of such a candidate but which he knows--
          (i)  was not written by the elector by whom it purports to have been written, or
          (ii)  if written by that elector, was not written by him for the purpose of signifying that he was proposing, seconding, or (as the case may be) assenting to, that candidate's nomination.
    (2)  In this section "relevant election" means--
    (a)  any parliamentary election, or
    (b)  any local government election in England or Wales."")
 
     Page 40, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("  . After section 66 insert--
 
 Prohibition on publication of exit polls.     66A.--(1) No person shall, in the case of an election to which this section applies, publish before the poll is closed--
    (a)  any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by voters after they have voted, or
    (b)  any forecast as to the result of the election which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given.
    (2)  This section applies to--
    (a)  any parliamentary election; and
    (b)  any local government election in England or Wales.
    (3)  If a person acts in contravention of subsection (1) above he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
 
    (4)  In this section--
    forecast" includes estimate;
    publish" means make available to the public at large, or any section of the public, in whatever form and by whatever means;
and any reference to the result of an election is a reference to the result of the election either as a whole or so far as any particular candidate or candidates at the election is or are concerned."  ")
 
     Page 41, line 32, leave out ("and 13") and insert ("to 13C") 
     Page 41, line 33, leave out ("In section 5 (manner of voting), after") and insert ("--(1) Section 5 is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  In subsection (5), omit "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
    (4)  After")
 
     Page 41, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  In subsection (6), omit "or local government" (wherever occurring).
 
    (6)  For subsection (7) substitute--
        (7)  In this section and sections 6 to 9 of this Act "appropriate rules" means the parliamentary elections rules."  ")
 
     Page 41, line 43, leave out paragraph 13 and insert--
 
    ("13.--(1) Section 6 (absent vote at elections for an indefinite period) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1)--
    (a)  omit ", at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), for "elections to which the application relates" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    (3)  In subsection (2), omit--
    (a)  or local government", and
    (b)  paragraph (aa),
and, in paragraph (c), after "his spouse," insert "or by reason of his attendance on a course provided by an educational institution or that of his spouse,".
 
    (4)  Omit subsection (2A).
 
    (5)  In subsection (3), omit paragraph (a).
 
    (6)  In subsection (4), after "in pursuance of" insert "a declaration of local connection or".
 
    13A.--(1) Section 7 (absent vote at a particular election and absent voters list) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (b), "or, as the case may be, local government".
    (3)  For subsection (2) substitute--
        (2)  Subsection (1) above does not apply to a person who is included in the record kept under section 6 of this Act, but such a person may, in respect of a particular parliamentary election, apply to the registration officer--
      (a)  for his ballot paper to be sent to a different address in the United Kingdom, or
      (b)  to vote by proxy,
    if he is shown in the record so kept as voting by post at parliamentary elections."
    (4)  In subsection (4)--
    (a)  omit "or local government"; and
    (b)  in each of paragraphs (a) and (b), for "elections of the kind in question" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    13B.--(1) Section 8 (proxies at elections) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  Omit subsection (3A).
 
    (4)  In subsection (4), omit "or local government".
 
    (5)  In subsection (5), omit ", or at the same local government election in any electoral area,".
 
    (6)  In subsection (6)--
    (a)  omit ", at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), for "electors for elections in respect of which the application is made" substitute "parliamentary electors".
    (7)  In subsection (7), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a) "or, as the case may be, local government".
    (8)  For subsection (9) substitute--
        (9)  The appointment may be cancelled by the elector by giving notice to the registration officer, and shall also cease to be in force on the issue of a proxy paper appointing a different person to vote for him at any parliamentary election or elections (whether in the same constituency or elsewhere)."
    13C.--(1) Section 9 (voting as proxy) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In each of subsections (1) and (3), omit "or local government".
 
    (3)  In subsection (4), omit--
    (a)  , at local government elections or at both"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), ", or electoral area,";
and in paragraph (b) for "the same area" substitute "the same ward".
 
    (4)  Omit subsection (5).
 
    (5)  In subsection (6), omit paragraph (a) (including the final "and").
 
    (6)  In subsection (7), omit "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
    (7)  In subsection (8), omit "in respect of elections of the kind in question".
 
    (8)  In subsection (9), omit--
    (a)  or local government"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (a), "in respect of elections of the kind in question".
    (9)  In subsection (10)--
    (a)  in paragraph (a), omit ", local government electors or both (as the case may be)"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (b), for "elections of the kind in question" substitute "parliamentary elections".
    (10)  In subsection (11), in paragraph (b), omit ", or electoral area,".")
 
  
Schedule 6
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 43, column 3, leave out line 26 and insert-- 
  ("In section 5--
    (a) in each of subsections (1) and (6), the words "or local government" (wherever occurring), and
 
    (b) in subsection (5), the words "or, as the case may be, electoral area".
 
In section 6--
 
    (a) in subsection (1), the words ", at local government elections or at both",
 
    (b) in subsection (2), the words "or local government" and paragraph (aa), and
 
    (c) subsections (2A) and (3)(a).
 
In section 7--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1) and (4), the words "or local government", and
 
    (b) in subsection (1)(b), the words "or, as the case may be, local government".
 
In section 8--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1), (4) and (7), the words "or local government",
 
    (b) subsection (3A),
 
    (c) in subsection (5), the words ", or at the same local government election in any electoral area,",
 
    (d) in subsection (6), the words ", at local government elections or at both", and
 
    (e) in subsection (7)(a), the words "or, as the case may be, local government".
 
In section 9--
 
    (a) in each of subsections (1), (3) and (9), the words "or local government",
 
    (b) in subsection (4), the words ", at local government elections or at both" and, in paragraph (a), ", or electoral area,",
 
    (c) subsection (5),
 
    (d) in subsection (6), paragraph (a) (including the final "and"),
 
    (e) in subsection (7), the words "or, as the case may be, electoral area",
 
    (f) in each of subsections (8) and (9)(a), the words "in respect of elections of the kind in question",
 
    (g) in subsection (10)(a), the words "local government electors or both (as the case may be)", and
 
    (h) in subsection (11), the words ", or electoral area,".")
 
 
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