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Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Marshalled List of Amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

     The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the instruction of 20th April 2000, as follows--  
 Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clauses 3 to 29
Schedule 3
Clauses 30 to 45
Schedule 4
Clauses 46 to 58
Schedule 5
Clauses 59 to 66
Schedule 6
Clause 67
Schedule 7
Clauses 68 to 74
Schedule 8
Clauses 75 to 89
Schedule 9
Clause 90
Schedule 10
Clauses 91 to 105
Schedule 11
Clause 106
Schedule 12
Clauses 107 to 113
Schedule 13
Clause 114
Schedule 14
Clauses 115 to 125
Schedule 15
Clauses 126 to 130
Schedule 16
Clause 131
Schedule 17
Clause 132
Schedule 18
Clauses 133 to 140
Schedule 19
Clauses 141 to 151
Schedules 20 and 21
 
 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
1     Page 1, line 12, at end insert (", one of whom shall be ordinarily resident in Scotland") 
2     Page 1, line 13, leave out ("five") and insert ("eight") 
3     Page 1, line 13, leave out ("nine") and insert ("eleven") 
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
4     Page 98, line 10, leave out paragraph 2 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
5     Page 98, leave out lines 20 and 21 and insert--
 
    ("(3)  An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office on the occurrence of any of the following events--
    (a)  he consents to being nominated as a candidate at a relevant election (within the meaning of Part II) or to being included in a registered party's list of candidates at such an election;
    (b)  he takes up any office or employment in or with--
          (i)  a registered party or any accounting unit of such a party,
          (ii)  a recognised third party (within the meaning of Part VI), or
          (iii)  a permitted participant (within the meaning of Part VII);
    (c)  he is named as a donor in the register of donations reported under Chapter III or IV of Part IV or in any statement of donations included in a return delivered to the Commission under section 93 or 117;
    (d)  he becomes a member of a registered party.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
6     Page 98, line 25, leave out ("the House of Commons") and insert ("both Houses of Parliament") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
7     Page 98, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  An Electoral Commissioner may be relieved of his office by Her Majesty at his own request.
 
    (  )  In this paragraph "registered party" includes, in relation to times before the appointed day for the purposes of Part II of this Act, a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
8     Page 99, line 17, leave out ("the House of Commons") and insert ("both Houses of Parliament") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
9     Page 99, line 34, leave out ("sub-paragraph (2)") and insert ("sub-paragraphs (1A) and (2)") 
10     Page 99, line 36, leave out from beginning to ("are") in line 38 and insert--
 
    ("(1A)  A Deputy Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office on the occurrence of such an event as is mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of paragraph 3(3).
 
    (2)  A Deputy Electoral Commissioner may be removed from office by the Commission, but only if they")
 
11     Page 100, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A person may not be appointed as an Assistant Electoral Commissioner if he is a person who (by virtue of section 3(3A)) may not be appointed as an Electoral Commissioner.")
 
12     Page 100, line 17, at beginning insert ("(subject to sub-paragraph (2A))") 
13     Page 100, line 17, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  An Assistant Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office on the occurrence of such an event as is mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of paragraph 3(3).")
 
14     Page 101, line 5, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A person may not be appointed as chief executive or other member of the staff of the Commission if he is a person who (by virtue of section 3(3A)(b) to (d)) may not be appointed as an Electoral Commissioner.")
 
15     Page 101, line 6, at beginning insert ("Subject to sub-paragraph (2A),") 
16     Page 101, line 8, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  The appointment of any member of the staff of the Commission shall terminate on the occurrence of such an event as is mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of paragraph 3(3).")
 
17     Page 101, leave out line 17 and insert ("end of the list of "Royal Commissions and other Commissions"--") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
18     Page 102, line 27, leave out sub-paragraph (1) 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
19     Page 102, line 29, after ("is") insert--
    ("(a)  reimbursed by the Scottish Ministers in pursuance of section 12(9), (Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland)(8) or 135(6); or
    (b)")  
 
  
Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
 
20*     Page 2, leave out lines 9 to 34 and insert--
    ("(a)  the member of the House of Commons who is Leader of the House;
    (b)  a member of the House proposed by the Leader of the Opposition;
    (c)  six Members of the House of Commons who are not Ministers of the Crown;
    (2)  The members of the Committee mentioned in subsection (2)(c) shall be appointed to membership of the Committee by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
 
    (3)  Schedule 2, which makes further provision in relation to the Speaker's Committee, shall have effect.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
21     Page 2, line 17, at end insert (", at least four of whom must not be members of the governing party or parties") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
 
     The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 2 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE LORD LAMONT OF LERWICK
 
22*     Page 106, leave out lines 37 to 39 
23*     Page 107, leave out lines 14 to 15 and insert--
 
    ("(3)  The Committee may appoint a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons to act as chairman at any meeting of the Committee in absence of the Speaker.")
 
     The Lord Lamont of Lerwick gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Schedule 2 be the second Schedule to the Bill. 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
24     Page 2, line 36, leave out ("the House of Commons") and insert ("both Houses of Parliament") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
25     Page 2, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(3A)  A person may not be appointed as an Electoral Commissioner if the person--
    (a)  is a member of a registered party;
    (b)  is an officer of a registered party or of any accounting unit of such a party;
    (c)  holds a relevant elective office (within the meaning of Schedule 6); or
    (d)  has at any time within the last ten years--
          (i)  been such an officer as is mentioned in paragraph (b), or
          (ii)  held such an office as is mentioned in paragraph (c), or
          (iii)  been named as a donor in the register of donations reported under Chapter III or IV of Part IV.")
 
26     Page 3, line 9, leave out subsection (6) and insert--
 
    ("(6)  In this section "registered party"--
    (a)  includes (in relation to times before the appointed day for the purposes of Part II of this Act) a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998; and
    (b)  in subsection (3)(b) also includes (in relation to times before 1st April 1999) any political party.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
27     Page 3, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(7)  At least four members of the Commission (one of whom shall be the chairman of the Commission appointed under section 1(5)) shall be drawn from the following categories--
    (a)  judges or retired judges of the High Court of England and Wales;
    (b)  judges or retired judges of the Court of Session of Scotland;
    (c)  judges or retired judges of the High Court of Northern Ireland;
    (d)  Lords Justices of Appeal in England and Wales;
    (e)  Lords of Appeal in Ordinary;
    (f)  the Comptroller and Auditor General;
    (g)  the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards;
    (h)  the Chairman of the Committee for Standards in Public Life.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS FOOKES
 
28*     Page 3, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(7)  The chairman of the Commission shall be drawn from the senior judiciary of the United Kingdom or a retired member of the senior judiciary of the United Kingdom.")
 
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF CHILTHORNE DOMER
 
29     Page 3, line 35, at end insert--
    ("(  )  the age at which people may be eligible to stand for election;")
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
30     Page 4, line 11, at end insert ("or for the purpose of assisting members of the Northern Ireland Assembly connected with such parties to perform their Assembly duties") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
31     Page 4, line 12, leave out paragraph (b) 
32     Page 4, line 27, after ("England") insert (", Scotland") 
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
33     Page 4, line 42, leave out ("section 36") and insert ("sections 36 and 42") 
34     Page 4, line 43, after ("England") insert (", Scotland") 
  
Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
35     Page 5, line 38, leave out ("may") and insert ("shall") 
36     Page 6, line 8, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Any scheme or assessment in respect of section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 2000 (pilot schemes) submitted to the Secretary of State shall also be submitted to the Commission for approval.")
 
  
After Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
37     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Commission shall, at the request of the sponsor of a Bill for an Act to provide for a referendum under section 97, give advice on the wording of the question or questions to be employed in that referendum.")Commission to give advice on wording of question in a referendum.
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
38     Page 7, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(8)  The Scottish Ministers may by order provide that subsection (7) shall have effect as if the words "other than a local government election in Scotland" were omitted.
 
    (9)  Section 146(5) shall apply to an order made by the Scottish Ministers under subsection (8) as it applies to an order made by the Secretary of State under this Act and the reference in that section to enactments shall include a reference to any enactment comprised in or in an instrument made under an Act of the Scottish Parliament.
 
    (10)  The power of the Scottish Ministers to make an order under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.")
 
  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
39     Page 7, line 27, leave out ("political") 
40     Page 7, line 35, leave out ("political") 
  
BY THE LORD BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
 
41     Page 7, line 40, at end insert--
    ("(c)  a registered political party is "represented" if there are at least two Members of the European Parliament belonging to the party who--
          (i) are Members for a United Kingdom electoral region, and
          (ii) are not disqualified from sitting or voting in that Parliament;
    (d)  a registered political party is "represented" if there are at least two Members of the Scottish Parliament belonging to the party who are not disqualified from sitting or voting in that Parliament and that party also stands candidates in elections to the House of Commons;
    (e)  a registered political party is "represented" if there are at least two Members of the Welsh Assembly belonging to the party who are not disqualified from sitting or voting in that Assembly and that party also stands candidates in elections to the House of Commons; and
    (f)  a registered political party is "represented" if there are at least two Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly belonging to the party who are not disqualified from sitting or voting in that Assembly and that party also stands candidates in elections to the House of Commons")
 
 
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