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Amendments to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill


SECOND
MARSHALLED
LIST OF AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT


[Amendments marked * are new or have been altered]

                         Amendment
                         No.

 

After Clause 5

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

24Insert the following new Clause—
  "Provision of information to voters
(1)  Information shall be circulated to voters before any order is made for a referendum providing details of—
(a)  the powers, responsibilities and constitutional arrangements of elected regional assemblies;
(b)  the costs incurred by the boundary committee and the forecasted costs of any subsequent local government reorganisation;
(c)  the administrative and initial starting costs for the establishment of regional assemblies;
(d)  the predicted annual costs for the running of regional assemblies."
25Insert the following new Clause—
  "Referendums expenditure
  After paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (c. 41) there is inserted—
 

Clause 6

 

THE LORD ROOKER

26Page 3, line 24, after "section 1" insert "or (Local government referendums)(2) with one another or"
27Page 3, line 35, leave out subsection (3)
 

Clause 7

 

THE LORD ROOKER

28Page 4, line 5, leave out "section 1" and insert "this Part"
 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

29Page 4, line 5, at end insert "provided that anything they undertake to encourage voting does not disproportionately favour one of the possible referendum outcomes to the detriment of the other"
 

Clause 8

 

THE LORD ROOKER

30Page 4, line 7, leave out "This section" and insert "Subsection (2)"
 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

31Page 4, line 15, leave out "may" and insert "must"
 

THE LORD ROOKER

32Page 4, line 27, at end insert—
"(4A)  Subsection (4B) applies if the Secretary of State makes an order under section (Local government referendums)(2) to cause a referendum to be held about the government's proposals for the structure of local government.
(4B)  The Electoral Commission may take such steps as they think appropriate to provide for persons entitled to vote in the referendum such information as the Commission think is likely to promote awareness among those persons about the arguments relating to the options in those proposals."
 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

33Page 4, line 29, leave out "(in the most cost effective way)"
 

Clause 9

 

THE LORD ROOKER

34Page 4, line 38, leave out "section 1" and insert "this Part"
35Page 5, line 7, leave out subsection (3)
 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

36Page 5, line 8, at end insert "and publishes the Electoral Commission's response"
 

Clause 10

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

37Page 5, line 11, leave out "No court shall" and insert "A court shall only"
 

THE LORD ROOKER

38Page 5, line 11, after "questioning" insert "—
(a)"  
 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

39Page 5, line 14, at end insert "if allegations of electoral fraud are made through the appropriate legal channels within three months of the announcement of the referendum result"
 

THE LORD ROOKER

40Page 5, line 14, at end insert—
"(b)  the number of ballot papers or votes cast in a referendum held in pursuance of an order under subsection (2) of section (Local government referendums) as certified by a person appointed for the purpose in pursuance of an order under subsection (9) of that section."
 

Clause 11

 

THE LORD ROOKER

41Page 5, line 27, at end insert—
"(   )  No order may be made under any of the following provisions unless the person making the order first consults the Electoral Commission—
(a)  section (Local government referendums)(9);
(b)  section 6(1);
(c)  section 9(1)."
 

Clause 12

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

42Page 6, line 19, at end insert "by—
(i)  businesses in the region, directly and through their representative organisations;
(ii)  small businesses in the region, directly and through their representative organisations;
(iii)  county and district councils in the region;
(iv)  regional chambers;
(v)  council tax payers in the region;
(vi)  voluntary sector bodies in the region;"
43Page 6, line 42, leave out subsection (7)
44Page 6, line 44, leave out subsection (8) and insert—
"(8)  A direction to the Boundary Committee to carry out a local government review of a region or regions must specify the timetable in accordance with which the review must be carried out and recommendations made to the Secretary of State.
(8A)  The timetable referred to in subsection (8) must include the following steps which the Boundary Committee are required to take—
(a)  upon receipt of the direction, publicise to people living in the area the making of the direction and the timetable under subsection (8);
(b)  make provision for people living in the area to make representations upon the review;
(c)  prepare draft recommendations as to the matters considered by the review;
(d)  publicise the draft recommendations to people living in the area;
(e)  deposit copies of the draft recommendations at the principal offices of every district and county council in the region;
(f)  take account of representations received from people living in the area upon the draft recommendations.
(8B)  Not later than the date specified in the timetable for the submission of their recommendations the Commission must—
(a)  submit their recommendations to the Secretary of State;
(b)  take such steps as they think sufficient to secure that persons living in the area who may be interested in the recommendations are informed of them and of the period specified in the timetable within which it may be inspected;
(c)  deposit copies of the recommendations at the principal offices of every county council and district council in the region.
(8C)  The copies deposited under subsections (8A)(e) and (8B)(c) must be kept available for inspection by members of the public at the offices concerned in accordance with the timetable.
(8D)  If the region to which the advice relates includes the Isles of Scilly the copies must also be deposited under subsections (8A)(e) and (8B)(c) at the principal office of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, and subsection (5) applies accordingly."
 

Clause 13

 

THE LORD ROOKER

45Page 7, line 13, leave out "what structural change is most appropriate" and insert "appropriate structural change"
46Page 7, line 20, at end insert "unless it has the effect that any part of the area of a relevant local authority becomes part of the area of a local authority which is not a relevant local authority"
 

Clause 14

 

THE LORD ROOKER

47Page 8, line 21, second column, at beginning insert—
 

After Clause 14

 

THE LORD ROOKER

48Insert the following new Clause—
  "Boundary Committee recommendations
(1)  This section applies in relation to recommendations made by the Boundary Committee in pursuance of section 12(1)(b).
(2)  The recommendations must include at least two options for structural change in relation to each county area in the region.
(3)  At any time after he receives the recommendations the Secretary of State may—
(a)  direct the Boundary Committee to supply him with additional information or advice;
(b)  reject one or more of the options.
(4)  If the Secretary of State rejects one or more of the options he may direct the Boundary Committee either—
(a)  to make different recommendations, or
(b)  to carry out a further local government review of the region and to make further recommendations.
(5)  If the Secretary of State acts under subsection (4)(b), sections 12(8) to (10), 13(3) to (8), 14 and this section apply for the purposes of the further review and recommendations.
(6)  For the purposes of subsection (5) it is immaterial whether the Secretary of State has considered any of the matters in section 12(5).
(7)  County area must be construed in accordance with section (Local government referendums)(3)."
 

Clause 15

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

49Page 8, line 45, at end insert—
"(   )  a majority of those voting in each district and county area voted in favour of an elected regional assembly,"
50Page 8, line 45, at end insert—
"(   )  in any such referendum, the proportion of those actually voting for the proposition is equal to, or greater than, the proportion given in Schedule (Proportion of electors required to secure a majority) for the relevant percentage of the eligible electorate certified as having voted,"
 

THE LORD ROOKER

51Page 9, line 5, at end insert "or (Boundary Committee recommendations)(4)"
52Page 9, line 8, leave out subsection (4)
 

Clause 16

 

THE LORD ROOKER

53Page 10, line 8, at end insert "but references to a local authority do not include references to a parish council"
 

Clause 19

 

THE LORD ROOKER

54Page 11, line 7, after "direction" insert "—
(a)"  
55Page 11, line 8, at end insert—
"(b)  may require the advice to be given in respect of a specified number of options."
56Page 11, line 9, after "varied" insert "(whether or not within the period of two years mentioned in subsection (2))"
 

Clause 23

 

THE BARONESS BLATCH

56A*Page 12, line 22, leave out "any person" and insert "a regional chamber"
 

Clause 25

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

57Page 13, line 2, leave out subsection (1) and insert—
"(1)  The preceding provisions of this Act will come into force only if—
(a)  two months has passed beginning with the day on which the Act was passed; and
(b)  a draft Bill setting out the powers, responsibilities and constitutional arrangements of elected regional assemblies has been published by the Secretary of State and laid before both Houses of Parliament for scrutiny."
 

Clause 28

 

THE LORD ROOKER

58Page 13, line 35, leave out "section" and insert "Part"
 

After Schedule 1

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

59Insert the following new Schedule—
  "SCHEDULE 1A                              
  PROPORTION OF ELECTORS REQUIRED TO SECURE A MAJORTIY
Percentage of the eligible
electorate certified as
having voted
Proportion of those
actually voting required
to support the proposition
Above 45%50%
40-45%                  54%
35-40%                  58%
30-35%                  62%
Below 30%                  66%"
 

In the Title

 

THE LORD ROOKER

60Line 4, after "consideration;" insert "for the holding of referendums about options for implementing the recommendations of such reviews;"

 
 
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8 April 2003