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Amendments to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON THIRD READING


 

Clause 3

 

THE LORD ROOKER

Page 3, leave out lines 32 and 33
Page 3, line 34, after "of" insert "an order under"
Page 3, line 39, at beginning insert "If the same ballot paper is used for both a referendum held in pursuance of an order under section 1 and a referendum held in pursuance of an order under section 2(2)"
Page 3, line 42, leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 4
Page 4, line 5, at end insert "There will be no such reorganisation if an elected assembly is not established.
(4A)  If the same ballot paper is not used for both referendums as mentioned in subsection (4) the following statement (in as nearly as may be the following form) must precede the question on the ballot paper used for a referendum held in pursuance of an order under section 2(2):
  "If an elected assembly is established for the (insert name of region) region, it is intended that local government will be reorganised into a single tier in those parts of the region that currently have both county and district councils.
  Your part of the region currently has both county and district councils. You can help to decide how local authorities in your part of the region will be reorganised into a single tier. There will be no such reorganisation if an elected assembly is not established."."
 

Clause 6

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Page 5, line 8, leave out "five" and insert "seven"
 

THE LORD ROOKER

Page 5, line 33, at end insert—
"(7A)  For the purposes of a referendum held in pursuance of an order under subsection (5) the Secretary of State may by order vary the terms of the statement set out in section 3(4A).
(7B)  Before an order under subsection (7A) is laid before Parliament in pursuance of section 29(2) the Secretary of State must consult the Electoral Commission as to the wording of the statement as so varied.
(7C)  At the time when the order is so laid the Secretary of State must lay before each House a report stating any views which the Commission have expressed in response to the consultation as to the intelligibility of the statement as so varied."
 

Clause 17

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Page 12, line 5, 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,"
Page 12, line 5, at end insert—
"(   )  a majority of those voting in each county area voted in favour of an elected regional assembly"
 

After Schedule 1

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE BARONESS BLATCH
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Insert the following new Schedule—
 "SCHEDULE 1A
Proportion of electors required to secure a majority
 
  Percentage of the eligible
electorate certified as
having voted
Proportion of those actually
voting required to support
the proposition
 
  Above 45%50%   
     41-45%54%   
     36-40%58%   
     30-35%62%   
  Below 30%66%."

 
 
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24 April 2003