Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill — The Speaker's Committee — 14 Feb 2000
Considered in Committee.
That the order in which proceedings in Committee of the whole House on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill are to be taken shall be: Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 18, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part I, clauses 95 to 103, Schedule 11, Clause 104, Schedule 12, Clauses 105 to 111, Schedule 13, Clause 112, Schedule 14, Clauses 113 to 120, new Clauses and new Schedules relating to Part VII.-- [Mr. Mike O'Brien.]
Establishment of the Electoral Commission
Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause 1 ordered to stand part of the Bill.
I beg to move amendment No. 6, in page 94, line 9, at end insert--
1A. The Commission may do anything (except borrow money) which is calculated to facilitate, or is incidental or conducive to, the carrying out of any of their functions.'.
Amendment agreed to.
I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 94, line 20, at end insert--
'(4A) An Electoral Commissioner shall cease to hold office if he accepts nomination for office on any elected public body.'.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
I beg to move amendment No. 35, in page 98, line 14, after '17(8)', insert--
'or by the Scottish Parliament in pursuance of section [ Transfer to Commission of functions of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland ](8).'.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn .
Question proposed, That the schedule, as amended, stand part of the Bill.
Schedule, as amended, agreed to.
I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 2, leave out lines 6 to 20 and insert--
'(2) The Speaker's Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of House of Commons, a nominee of the Leader of the Opposition and three other members appointed by the House of Commons, none of whom shall be a Minister of the Crown.'.
Question put, That the amendment be made:--
The Committee divided: Ayes 144, Noes 290.
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