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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

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

  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 2, line 23, after first ("a") insert ("qualifying") 
     Page 2, line 38, after first ("a") insert ("qualifying") 
     Page 3, line 20, after ("section") insert--
    (""qualifying Commonwealth citizen" means a Commonwealth citizen who either--
          (a)  is not a person who requires leave under the Immigration Act 1971 to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or
          (b)  is such a person but for the time being has (or is, by virtue of any enactment, to be treated as having) any description of such leave;")
 
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 9, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Where a declaration of local connection made by a homeless person is delivered to the registration officer concerned during the period--
    (a)  beginning with the date when a vacancy occurs--
          (i)  in the seat for the parliamentary constituency within which the required address falls, or
          (ii)  in the seat for any Scottish Parliament constituency or National Assembly for Wales constituency within which it falls, and
    (b)  ending on the final nomination day (within the meaning of section 13B below) for the parliamentary by-election, or (as the case may be) the election under section 9 of the Scotland Act 1998 or section 8 of the Government of Wales Act 1998, held in respect of that vacancy,
the declaration must state that, during the period of three months ending on the date of the declaration, the declarant has commonly been spending a substantial part of his time (whether during the day or at night) at, or near, the required address.")
 
  
Before Clause 10
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The 1983 Act shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  After section 36(2B) there shall be inserted--
        (2C)  Section 91 shall apply to elections under the Greater London Authority Act 1999 with such modifications as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State."")
Free post for Greater London Authority elections.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Election addresses--Greater London Authority elections 
     After section 91 of the 1983 Act there shall be inserted--Election addresses: Greater London Authority elections.
 Election addresses--Greater London Authority Elections.     91A.--(1)  At an election for the Greater London Authority held under the provisions of the 1999 Act-- 
  
    (a)  each individual candidate for Mayor of London;
 
  
    (b)  each individual candidate for return as a constituency member of the Greater London Assembly,
 
 
    is entitled to send free of charge for postage either--

      (i)  one unaddressed postal communication, containing matter relating to the election only not exceeding 60 grammes in weight, to each place in the Assembly constituency (in the case of an individual candidate for return as a constituency member) or (in the case of an individual candidate for Mayor of London) each place in the Assembly constituencies, which, in accordance with the Post Office Regulations 1987 (as applied and modified by subsection (5) below) constitutes a delivery point for the purposes of this subsection; or

      (ii)  one such postal communication addressed to each elector.

 
      (2)  Any such candidate is also, subject as mentioned in subsection (1) above, entitled to send free of charge for postage to each person entered in the list of proxies for the appropriate election one such communication as mentioned in subsection (1) above for each appointment in respect of which that person is so entered.

    (3)  A person shall not be deemed to be a candidate for Mayor of London or to be a candidate for return as a constituency member unless he is shown as standing nominated in the statement of persons nominated but until publication of that statement any person who declares himself to be such a candidate shall be entitled to exercise the right of free postage conferred by this section if he gives such security as may be required by the Post Office for the payment of postage should he not be shown as standing nominated as mentioned above.

    (4)  For the purposes of this section, "elector" means a person--

 
  
    (a)  who is registered as a local government elector in an Assembly constituency for which the election is to be held in the register to be used at the election; or
 
  
    (b)  who, pending the publication of that register appears in the electors' lists for such a register (as corrected by the registration officer) to be entitled to be so registered,
 
 
    and accordingly includes a person shown in the register or electors lists as below voting age if it appears from that register or those lists that he will be of voting age on the day fixed for the poll, but not otherwise.

        (5)  The Post Office Regulations 1987 shall have effect in relation to an election for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly subject to the following modifications--

 
  
    (a)  in regulation 1, the reference to "section 91 of the Representation of the People Act 1983" shall be construed as a reference to this section;
 
  
    (b)  any reference to "constituency" shall, in relation to a candidate for return as a constituency member, be construed as a reference to an Assembly constituency, and, in relation to a candidate for return as Mayor of London, be construed as a reference to the Assembly constituencies.
 
     (6)  If the area of the GLRO is situated in the area of more than one Head Postmaster, the controlling Head Postmaster for the purposes of the Post Office Regulations 1987 as applied by subsection (5) above shall be determined by the GLRO.

    (7)  Any communication issued under the provisions of this section by a candidate for return as a constituency member standing as the candidate of a registered political party may refer to the candidates for return as London members submitted on that registered political party's party list.

    (8)  For the purposes of this section--

 
  
    the 1999 Act" means the Greater London Authority Act 1999;
 
  
    Greater London Authority" means the body referred to in section 1 of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    Mayor of London" means the office referred to in section 2(1)(a) of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    London Assembly" means the Assembly referred to in section 2(1)(b) of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    constituency member" means a member of the London Assembly of the type referred to in section 2(2)(a) of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    London member" means a member of the London Assembly of the type referred to in section 2(2)(b) of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    Assembly constituency" has the same meaning as in section 2 of the 1999 Act;
 
  
    GLRO" means--
 
  
    (a)  in relation to the first ordinary election of the Greater London Authority, the person, or a person of the description, designated by order under section 3(4) of the 1999 Act as the returning officer at the elections of the Mayor of London and of the London members;
 
  
    (b)  in relation to any other election, the proper officer of the Greater London Authority (as defined in section 424(2) of the 1999 Act).
 
  
    registered political party" means a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998;
 
  
    party list" means a list submitted to the GLRO in accordance with paragraph 5 of Part II of Schedule 2 to the 1999 Act on behalf of a registered political party."")
 
  
Clause 10
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD RENNARD
 
     Page 13, line 12, 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 JOPLING
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
     Page 13, line 33, after ("shall") insert (", in conjunction with an independent body,") 
     Page 14, line 2, after ("concerned") insert (", in conjunction with an independent body,") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD GOODHART
 
     Page 18, line 21, after ("sections") insert ("Election addresses--Greater London Authority elections,") 
  
Schedule 5
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
     Page 43, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Omit rule 20.")
 
 
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