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Representation of the People Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

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

 The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the instruction of 8th February 2000, as follows-- 
 Clauses 9 to 12
Schedule 4
Clauses 13 to 16
Schedules 5 and 6
 
 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
After Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
93     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (". A list of those persons making a declaration of local connection shall be supplied to the police, who will undertake checks to ensure that for the purposes of this Act there are no reasonable grounds for believing that any such person is unlawfully occupying a property by virtue of which he is making a declaration of local connection.")Checks on declarations of local interest.
  
Clause 10
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
94     Page 11, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In exercising his powers under subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall give particular encouragement to pilot schemes which explore the use of the internet and other new technologies in the electoral process.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
95     Page 11, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Secretary of State shall not make any order under subsection (1) unless the relevant local authority lodges a declaration that adequate consultation has been carried out as certified by the Electoral Commission.
 
    (  )  The Electoral Commission shall have the duty of declaring when adequate local consultation on any pilot scheme has been carried out, and shall do so before any such scheme is submitted to the Secretary of State.")
 
96     Page 11, line 45, leave out ("when,") 
97     Page 11, line 45, leave out ("where") 
98     Page 11, line 45, leave out ("how") 
99     Page 12, line 1, leave out paragraph (b) 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
100     Page 12, line 1, at end insert ("and
    (c)  the system of voting;")
 
101     Page 12, line 4, at end insert ("and for an election in any ward or division in which two or more candidates are to be elected at the same election to be conducted by a system of proportional representation") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
102     Page 12, line 4, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No more than one such new scheme, at any one time, shall be approved in a given electoral area.")
 
103     Page 12, line 4, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No scheme which makes provision for voting to take place on more than one day and which makes provision for voting to take place on either a Saturday or a Sunday shall be submitted to, or approved by, the Secretary of State unless it makes provision for voting to take place on both days.")
 
104     Page 12, line 10, at end insert--
    ("(  )  he shall make a declaration stating whether any Minister of the Crown, or member of his family, has an indirect or direct pecuniary interest in any premises to be used for voting at the elections, or in any undertaking which is providing services for the conduct of electronic voting;")
 
105     Page 12, line 13, at end insert ("; and
    (  )  that authority shall, if it proposes to allow voting in retail premises, publish the names and addresses of such premises not less than three months in advance of the election concerned and give other retailers in the area opportunity to make representations against the proposals")
 
106     Page 12, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No order under subsection (1) shall be made by the Secretary of State which involves the conduct of voting on premises where literature produced by, or about, political parties represented in the elections is on sale, or where alcoholic beverages can be purchased while polls are open.")
 
  
BY THE LORD JOPLING
 
107     Page 12, line 15, leave out ("the authority concerned shall prepare a report on") and insert ("an independent assessment shall be made of") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
108     Page 12, line 45, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of any such report before each House of Parliament, together with a statement of his assessment of the experiment.")
 
  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
109     Page 13, line 13, leave out ("relevant elections of any description") and insert ("local government elections in England and Wales") 
110     Page 13, line 17, leave out subsection (2) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
111     Page 13, line 19, leave out paragraph (a) 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
112     Page 13, line 22, leave out from ("(1)") to end of line 25 
113     Page 13, line 27, leave out from first ("area") to ("specified") 
114     Page 13, line 37, leave out (", or district electoral,") 
115     Page 13, line 42, leave out subsection (7) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
116     Page 13, line 44, leave out paragraphs (a) to (e) 
117     Page 14, line 6, leave out paragraph (g) 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
 
     The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 11 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
118     Page 14, line 13, leave out (",  Wales and Scotland") and insert ("and Wales") 
  
After Clause 12
 
  
BY THE BARONESS FOOKES
 
118A     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  Prior to the issue of a ballot paper, the presiding officer shall require each elector to identify himself by one of the following items of documentary evidence--
    (a)  a valid United Kingdom or European Union passport,
    (b)  a valid United Kingdom or European Union driving licence,
    (c)  a Department of Social Security pension, unemployment or family credit benefit book,
    (d)  a National Health Service medical card,
    (e)  a certificate of verification as issued by the electoral registration officer, or
    (f)  other such documentary evidence as may in the reasonable opinion of the presiding officer concerned constitute such evidence of the matters provided for within this section.")
Identification at polling stations.
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
119     Page 33, line 23, leave out ("Wales or Scotland") and insert ("or Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
120     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") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
121     Page 37, line 5, after ("neither") insert ("a British citizen,") 
122     Page 37, line 11, after ("neither") insert ("a British citizen,") 
123     Page 38, line 7, at end insert--
 
    ("(12)  When a nominated proxy is approved by an electoral registration officer to hold a permanent or particular proxy vote for an elector, the election registration officer shall write within three working days of the application to the elector to confirm the name and address of the appointed proxy and the duration of the appointment of the proxy vote.")
 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
124     [Withdrawn] 
125     Page 14, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In rule 25 (provision of polling stations) after sub-paragraph (1) there shall be inserted--
        ("(1A) The returning officer shall not provide as a polling station any place which is not accessible to people in wheelchairs or otherwise with restricted mobility and cannot reasonably be made accessible to them by temporary ramps or other equipment."")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
126     Page 14, line 45, at end insert ("and any assistance given shall be in a form which will not enable the identity of the voter to be revealed") 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
127     Page 14, line 45, at end insert ("; and
    (c)  temporary ramps or other equipment which may be reasonably required to allow access to polling stations by registered electors in wheelchairs or otherwise with restricted mobility"")
 
 
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