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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 on Report in the House of Lords.

     The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the Order of 7th November 2000, as follows--  
 Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clauses 3 to 15
Schedule 3
Clauses 16 to 31
Schedule 4
Clauses 32 to 47
Schedule 5
Clauses 48 to 61
Schedule 6
Clauses 62 to 69
Schedule 7
Clause 70
Schedule 8
Clauses 71 to 77
Schedule 9
Clauses 78 to 92
Schedule 10
Clause 93
Schedule 11
Clauses 94 to 107
Schedule 12
Clause 108
Schedule 13
Clauses 109 to 115
Schedule 14
Clause 116
Schedule 15
Clauses 117 to 127
Schedule 16
Clauses 128 to 134
Schedule 17
Clause 135
Schedule 18
Clause 136
Schedule 19
Clauses 137 to 147
Schedule 20
Clauses 148 to 155
Schedules 21 and 22
Clauses 156 to 159
Schedule 23
 
 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
1     Page 122, line 25, leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  There shall be paid to an Electoral Commissioner such remuneration, and any such allowances or expenses, as may be specified in a resolution of the House of Commons.
 
    (1A)  If a resolution of the House of Commons so provides in the case of any person who is an Electoral Commissioner or former Electoral Commissioner--
    (a)  such amounts shall be paid towards the provision of superannuation benefits for or in respect of him as may be specified in the resolution;
    (b)  (in the case of a former Electoral Commissioner) such pension shall be paid to or in respect of him as may be so specified.")
 
2     Page 122, line 45, after ("paragraph") insert ("(other than by way of expenses)") 
3     Page 122, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Any amount payable under this paragraph by way of expenses shall be paid by the Commission.")
 
4     Page 123, line 19, leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3A)  The Commission shall pay to a Deputy Electoral Commissioner such remuneration, and any such allowances or expenses, as may be provided for by or under the terms of his appointment.
 
    (4)  If the terms of his appointment as Deputy Electoral Commissioner so provide, the Commission shall--
    (a)  pay towards the provision of superannuation benefits for or in respect of a Deputy Electoral Commissioner or former Deputy Electoral Commissioner such amounts as may be provided for by or under those terms;
    (b)  pay such pension to or in respect of a former Deputy Electoral Commissioner as may be so provided.")
 
5     Page 123, line 44, after ("allowances") insert ("or expenses") 
6     Page 124, line 13, leave out from ("Commission") to end of line 14 and insert ("by virtue of section 15(1) or by an order under section 17(1), 18(1) or 19(1).") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
7     Page 124, line 33, leave out ("3(4)(b)") and insert ("3(4)(a)") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
8     Page 126, line 13, after ("by") insert ("the Secretary of State under section 17(6) or") 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
9     Page 3, line 4, after ("officer") insert ("or employee") 
10     Page 3, line 9, after ("officer") insert ("or employee") 
11     Page 3, line 12, at end insert ("; or
    (  )  has at any time within the last five years been a member of a registered party")
 
12     Page 3, line 14, at end insert ("; but no person may serve as an Electoral Commissioner for more than fifteen years") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
13     Page 3, line 25, leave out ("(3)(b)") and insert ("(4)(b)") 
  
After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
14     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be a panel (to be known as "the Parliamentary Parties Panel") which consists of representatives of qualifying parties appointed in accordance with this section.
 
    (2)  The function of the panel shall be to submit representations or information to the Commission about such matters affecting political parties as the panel think fit.
 
    (3)  Where the panel submit any such representations or information to the Commission, the Commission shall--
    (a)  consider the representations or information, and
    (b)  decide whether, and (if so) to what extent, they should act on the representations or information.
    (4)  Each qualifying party shall be entitled to be represented on the panel by a person appointed to the panel by the treasurer of the party.
 
    (5)  Subject to subsection (6), a person so appointed shall be a member of the panel for such period as the treasurer of the party may determine when making the appointment.
 
    (6)  A person so appointed shall cease to be a member of the panel if at any time--
    (a)  his appointment is terminated for any reason by the treasurer of the party, or
    (b)  the party ceases to be a qualifying party.
    (7)  The panel may determine their own procedure.
 
    (8)  The validity of any proceedings of the panel shall not be affected by any failure by the treasurer of a qualifying party to make any appointment in accordance with this section.
 
    (9)  In this section "qualifying party" means a registered party--
    (a)  to which two or more Members of the House of Commons for the time being belong; or
 
 
    (b)  to which two or more such Members belonged immediately after the most recent parliamentary general election.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
[As an amendment to amendment 14]
 
15*     Line 29, after ("belong") insert (", who have made and subscribed to the oath required by the Parliamentary Oaths Act 1866 (or the corresponding affirmation) and are not disqualified from sitting or voting in the House") 
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
16     Page 4, line 8, after ("17(1)") insert (", 18(1)") 
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
17     Page 5, line 28, leave out paragraph (i) 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
18     Page 5, line 46, at end insert--
    ("(  )  an order under section 17A(3) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (free delivery of election addresses at elections to the Greater London Authority);")
 
  
After Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
19     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Commission shall, before any Bill containing provisions for a referendum under section 99 of this Act is held--
    (a)  give advice as to the question, or questions, to be asked;
    (b)  make a statement as to the fairness of the wording of such a question, or questions, and the capacity of such a question, or questions, to be easily understood by the electorate.
    (2)  Any advice given under this section shall be made public prior to the date on which a Bill for a referendum under section 99 of this Act is laid before Parliament.")
 
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
20     Page 7, line 2, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Advice given under subsection (3), other than in confidence, shall be made public and available in a format that the Commission thinks fit to any relevant body to which this section refers.")
 
  
After Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
21     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  It shall be a defence for a person charged with--
    (a)  an offence under this Act, or
    (b)  an offence committed in connection with a relevant election (within the meaning of Part II),
to prove that he acted in accordance with advice given to him by the Commission.")
 
  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD RENNARD
 
22     Page 8, line 13, at end insert--
    ("(  )  a policy promotion grant" is a grant to a represented registered party to assist the party with the promotion of policies for inclusion in any manifesto on the basis of which--
          (i)  candidates authorised to stand by the party will seek to be elected at an election which is a relevant election for the purposes of Part II, or
          (ii)  the party itself will seek to be so elected (in the case of such an election for which the party itself may be nominated);")
 
23     Page 8, line 23, at end insert ("and policy promotion grants") 
24     Page 8, line 30, after ("grants") insert ("and policy promotion grants") 
25     Page 8, line 32, after ("grants") insert ("and policy promotion grants") 
26     Page 9, line 6, at end insert ("and more than £4 million in policy promotion grants") 
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
27     Page 9, line 15, leave out paragraph (c) 
28     Page 9, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as allowing the Commission (or any body to which a grant is made by the Commission under subsection (4) to use such a grant) to promote public awareness in any part of the United Kingdom of a system of local or national government that is not in force or pending (as defined in subsection (2)) in that part of the United Kingdom, even if such a system of local or national government is in force or pending in another part of the United Kingdom.")
 
29     Page 9, line 29, leave out from beginning to end of line 33 
30     Page 9, line 35, leave out ("(whether by making grants or otherwise)") 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
31     Page 131, line 29, leave out sub-paragraph (7) and insert--
 
    ("(7)  For subsection (5) there shall be substituted--
        (5)  As soon as practicable after the Electoral Commission have submitted a report to the Secretary of State under this Act, he shall lay before Parliament--
      (a)  the report; and
      (b)  (except where the report states that no alteration is required to be made in respect of the part of the United Kingdom to which it relates) the draft of an Order in Council for giving effect to the recommendations contained in the report."")
 
32     Page 133, line 2, leave out paragraph 4 and insert--
 
    ("4.--(1) Section 4 (Orders in Council) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), for the words from ", whether with or without modifications," to "Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "to the recommendations contained in a report of the Electoral Commission under this Act".
 
    (3)  Subsection (2) (draft Order implementing recommendations with modifications) shall be omitted.")
 
33     Page 136, line 47, leave out from ("for") to end of line 48 and insert ("the words from ", with or without modifications," to "the Commission" there shall be substituted "to the recommendations contained in a report of the Electoral Commission".") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
34     Page 11, line 41, leave out ("in accordance with section (Boundary Commissions: transfer of functions)") and insert ("by virtue of section 15(1)") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
35     Page 11, line 41, leave out ("(Boundary Commissions: transfer of functions)") and insert ("15") 
  
Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
36     Page 12, line 6, after ("transferring") insert ("(to any extent)") 
37     Page 12, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  An order under subsection (1) may make provision for--
    (a)  transferring (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State to the Commission;
    (b)  terminating (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State or the English Commission without transferring it to the Commission or the Boundary Committee for England;
    (c)  modifying (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State;
    (d)  preventing the Secretary of State from exercising any relevant function (including one so modified) unless he has sought and obtained such advice of the Commission as may be prescribed by the order, or authorising him to seek such advice in connection with the exercise of any such function;
    (e)  modifying any relevant or other function transferred by an order under subsection (1) so far as it is to be exercisable by the Commission or the Boundary Committee for England;
    (f)  conferring on the Commission functions with respect to electoral areas or other electoral arrangements relating to the Isles of Scilly.
    (1B)  In subsection (1A) "relevant function" means (subject to subsection (1C)) a function under--
 
 
    (a)  any of sections 13 to 15 and 17 of the Local Government Act 1992 (local government changes in England),
 
 
    (b)  any of sections 13, 14 and 17(4) of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 (parishes and parish councils) so far as having effect in relation to electoral arrangements within the meaning of Part II of that Act, or
 
 
    (c)  section 2(4) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 or Schedule 1 to that Act (assembly constituencies).
 
     (1C)  Nothing in subsection (1A) authorises the transfer to the Commission of any power of the Secretary of State under any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (1B)(a) to make orders other than those effecting electoral changes within the meaning of Part II of the Local Government Act 1992; but, subject to that, the functions which may be transferred by virtue of subsection (1A) include functions with respect to the making of orders by statutory instrument.") 
  
BY THE LORD McNALLY
THE LORD RENNARD
 
38     Page 12, line 14, at end insert--

("(  )  Where each of the functions of the English Commission is transferred by an order under subsection (1), the Secretary of State may by order repeal any power of direction associated with such functions.")

 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
39     Page 12, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(6)  The Secretary of State may pay to the Commission such amount as he may determine to be appropriate by way of reimbursement for any expenditure incurred by them which is attributable to the provision by them of advice to the Secretary of State in pursuance of an order under subsection (1).")
 
 
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