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

Here you can browse the Fourth 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-- 
 Clauses 12 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 12
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
42     Page 8, line 30, leave out ("and any pending such systems,") 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
42A     Page 8, line 30, leave out from ("Kingdom") to end of line 39 and insert ("; and
    (b)  any electoral system that has been authorised by enactment, but is not yet in force, for use at the next national or local election")
 
43     [Withdrawn] 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
44     Page 8, line 33, leave out paragraph (b) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
45     Page 8, line 34, leave out ("and any pending such systems") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
46     Page 8, line 35, leave out paragraph (c) 
  
BY THE BARONESS FOOKES
 
47     Page 8, line 35, leave out ("the institutions") and insert ("current electoral systems") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
48     Page 8, line 36, leave out subsection (2) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
49     Page 9, line 1, leave out paragraph (b) 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
50*     Page 9, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(7)  The Scottish Ministers may by order provide that, despite subsection (3), the Commission may perform the functions conferred by this section in relation to local government elections or to local government in Scotland.
 
    (8)  Subsection (6) shall not apply to the expenditure incurred by the Commission in performing their functions exercisable by virtue of an order made by the Scottish Ministers under subsection (7); but such expenditure shall not exceed such sum as is for the time being specified for the purposes of this subsection in an order made by the Scottish Ministers.
 
    (9)  The Scottish Ministers shall reimburse the Commission for any expenditure incurred by them which is attributable to the exercise of any of functions mentioned in subsection (8).
 
    (10)  Section 146(5) shall apply to an order made by the Scottish Ministers under this section 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.
 
    (11)  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 13
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
50A     Page 9, line 13, leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert--
 
    ("(2)  Each Boundary Committee shall consist of--
    (a)  a chairman, and
    (b)  not less than the appropriate number of other members,
appointed by the Commission.
 
    (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2) "the appropriate number", in relation to a Boundary Committee, is--
    (a)  two, if no functions fall to be exercised by the Committee by virtue of section 17(1), section (Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland)(1) or section 18(1) (as the case may be); and
    (b)  four, if any functions fall to be so exercised.")
 
50B     Page 9, line 20, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Commission shall, where any functions fall to be exercised by a Boundary Committee as mentioned in subsection (3), so exercise their powers of appointment under this section and section 14 as to secure--
    (a)  that at least one of the members of the Committee is a person with experience of local government matters in England, Scotland or Wales (as the case may be); and
    (b)  that, in the case of the Boundary Committee for Wales, at least one of the members of the Committee is a person able to speak the Welsh language.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
51     Page 9, line 20, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Only the following persons may serve as chairman of a Boundary Committee--
    (a)  in the case of each of the Boundary Committee for England and the Boundary Committee for Wales, an Electoral Commissioner described by section 3(7)(a), (d), (e), (f), (g) or (h);
    (b)  in the case of the Boundary Committee for Scotland, an Electoral Commissioner described by section 3(7)(b) or (e);
    (c)  in the case of the Boundary Committee for Northern Ireland, an Electoral Commissioner described by section 3(7)(c), (e), (f), (g) or (h).")
 
  
Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
52     Page 9, line 36, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A person shall not be appointed as a Deputy Electoral Commissioner if he is a person who (by virtue of section 3(3A)) may not be appointed as an Electoral Commissioner.")
 
  
After Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
52A     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".--(1)  The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 shall have effect subject to the amendments specified in Part I of Schedule (Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions), by virtue of which--
    (a)  the functions of each of the Boundary Commissions under section 3(1) and (3) of that Act (functions with respect to keeping under review, and reporting on, representation in the House of Commons of the part of the United Kingdom with which they are concerned) are transferred to the Electoral Commission; and
    (b)  functions with respect to--
          (i)  the carrying out of reviews under that Act with respect to a particular part of the United Kingdom, and
          (ii)  the submission to the Electoral Commission of proposed recommendations following any such review,
 
 
    are conferred on the Boundary Committee established for that part of the United Kingdom under section 13 above.
 
     (2)  The consequential amendments of other Acts specified in Part II of Schedule (Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions) shall have effect.
 
    (3)  A Boundary Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the Secretary of State, being satisfied that they have no further functions to perform, by order directs.
 
    (4)  In this section "Boundary Commission" means one of the Boundary Commissions constituted under that Act.")
Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions.
1986 c. 56.
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     The Lord Bassam of Brighton gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 15 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
53     Page 10, line 37, leave out ("may") and insert ("shall") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
53A     Page 10, line 37, leave out ("the transfer to the Commission of any one or more") and insert ("and in connection with transferring to--
    (a)  the Commission, or
    (b)  the Boundary Committee for England,
any")
 
53B     Page 10, line 41, leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert--
 
    ("(2)  The provision made by order under subsection (1) as respects the distribution of functions between the Commission and the Boundary Committee for England shall broadly correspond to that made by Part I of Schedule (Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions) as respects the distribution of functions between those bodies.
 
    (3)  The English Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the Secretary of State, being satisfied that they have no further functions to perform, by order directs.")
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD RENNARD
 
53C     Page 10, line 45, after second ("order") insert--
    ("(a)  repeal any power of direction associated with such functions; and
    (b)")
 
  
After Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
54     [Withdrawn] 
54A     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".--(1)  The Scottish Ministers may by order make provision for and in connection with transferring to--
    (a)  the Commission, or
    (b)  the Boundary Committee for Scotland,
any of the functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (in this section referred to as "the Scottish Commission").
 
    (2)  The provision made by order under subsection (1) as respects the distribution of functions between the Commission and the Boundary Committee for Scotland shall broadly correspond to that made by Part I of Schedule (Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions) as respects the distribution of functions between those bodies.
 
    (3)  The Scottish Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the Scottish Ministers, being satisfied that the Scottish Commission have no further functions, by order direct.
 
    (4)  An order under subsection (1) or (3) may include provision for the transfer to the Commission--
    (a)  of the staff of the Scottish Commission, and
    (b)  of any property (including rights and interests of any description) and liabilities to which the Scottish Commission are entitled or subject;
and an order which contains provision such as is mentioned in paragraph (b) may in particular provide for the order to have effect despite any provision (of whatever nature) which would prevent or restrict the transfer of the property or liabilities otherwise than by the order.
 
    (5)  An order under subsection (3) may include provision for the abolition of any duty in compliance with which the Scottish Commission was established or constituted.
 
    (6)  Section 146(5) shall apply to an order made by the Scottish Ministers under this section 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.
 
    (7)  Any 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.
 
    (8)  The Scottish Ministers shall reimburse the Commission for any expenditure incurred by them which is attributable to the exercise of any of the functions transferred by an order made under subsection (1).")
Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.
  
Clause 18
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
55     Page 11, line 13, leave out ("may") and insert ("shall") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
55A     Page 11, line 14, leave out ("the transfer to the Commission of any one or more") and insert ("and in connection with transferring to--
    (a)  the Commission, or
    (b)  the Boundary Committee for Wales,
any")
 
55B     Page 11, line 17, leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert--
 
    ("(2)  The provision made by order under subsection (1) as respects the distribution of functions between the Commission and the Boundary Committee for Wales shall broadly correspond to that made by Part I of Schedule (Transfer of functions of Boundary Commissions) as respects the distribution of functions between those bodies.
 
    (3)  The Welsh Commission shall cease to exist at such time as the National Assembly for Wales, being satisfied that they have no further functions to perform, by order directs.")
 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
56     Page 12, line 6, leave out ("party registered under this Part") and insert ("qualifying registered party") 
57     Page 12, line 9, after ("a") insert ("qualifying") 
58     Page 12, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  For the purposes of subsection (1) a party (other than a minor party) is a "qualifying registered party" in relation to a relevant election if--
 
 (a)  the constituency, local government area or electoral region in which the election is held--
    (i)  is in England, Scotland or Wales, or
 
 
          (ii)  is the electoral region of Scotland or Wales,
            and the party was, on the last day for publication of notice of the election, registered in respect of that part of Great Britain in the Great Britain register maintained by the Commission under section (The new registers), or
 
 
    (b)  the constituency, district electoral area or electoral region in which the election is held--
          (i)  is in Northern Ireland, or
          (ii)  is the electoral region of Northern Ireland,
            and the party was, on that day, registered in the Northern Ireland register maintained by the Commission under that section.
 
     (1B)  For the purposes of subsection (1) a minor party is a "qualifying registered party" in relation to a relevant election if--
    (a)  the election is a parish or community election; and
    (b)  the party was, on the last day for publication of notice of the election, registered in the Great Britain register in respect of the part of Great Britain in which the election is held.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
[Amendments 58A to 58H are amendments to amendment 58]
 
58A     Line 5, after ("the") insert ("candidates for the") 
58B     Line 6, at end insert ("are duly nominated to stand for elections as defined in section 20(3)") 
58C     Line 7, leave out paragraphs (i) and (ii) 
58D     Line 10, leave out ("in respect of that part of Great Britain") 
58E     Line 11, leave out ("Great Britain") 
58F     Line 12, leave out from ("registers),") to end of line 19 
58G     Line 24, leave out ("Great Britain") 
58H     Line 24, leave out from ("register") to end of line 25 and insert ("maintained by the Commission under section (The new registers)") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
59     Page 12, line 14, at end insert--
          ("(ii)  where the candidate is the Speaker of the House of Commons seeking re-election, "The Speaker seeking re-election"; or")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
60     Page 12, line 15, at end insert (", or
    (c)  the description of the candidate given in his nomination paper includes the word "Independent" and no more than five other words which do not contravene the restrictions laid down in section 25(2)(a), (c), (d), (e) and (f)")
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
 
61     Page 12, line 23, after ("elections") insert ("other than elections to a local authority in England or Wales which is not a principal authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
61A     Page 12, line 23, after ("elections") insert ("in the United Kingdom") 
61B     Page 12, line 24, leave out paragraph (g) 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
 
62     Page 12, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  The Secretary of State may, on the recommendation of the Commission, make regulations to prevent a candidate in an election to a local authority in England or Wales which is not a principal authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972 adopting without the authority of a registered party a description on his nomination paper which is likely to lead voters to associate the candidate with that party.")
 
 
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