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

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

  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     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.")
 
     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.")
 
  
After Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     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 BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     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")
 
     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.")
 
  
After Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     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 BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     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")
 
     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 23
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 15, line 20, leave out ("of a description prescribed by") and insert ("specified, or of a description specified, in an") 
  
Clause 27
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 17, line 5, leave out ("the party applied for registration") and insert--
          ("(i)  the time when the party applied for registration, or
          (ii)  if a notification has been previously given under section 28 in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given")
 
  
Clause 29
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 18, line 11, leave out ("and IV") and insert ("to V") 
 
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