Electoral Administration Bill — 7 Jun 2006 at 16:43

Read a third time.

moved Amendment No. 1:

After Clause 9, insert the following new clause-


In the 1983 Act omit subsections (3) and (4) of section 59 (supplemental provision as to members of forces and service voters) and insert after that section-


(1) Arrangements must be made by the appropriate government department for ensuring that every person having a service qualification by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) of section 14(1) above-

(a) is registered to vote unless they make a request under subsection (2), and

(b) has (so far as circumstances permit) an effective opportunity of exercising from time to time as occasion may require the rights conferred on him by this Act in relation to-

(i) the making and cancellation of appointments of a proxy;

(ii) voting in person, by post or by proxy.

(2) A person having a service qualification by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) of section 14(1) above is entitled to decline to be registered by the appropriate government department if he has registered, or declined to be registered, with his local authority.

(3) Arrangements must be made by the appropriate government department for securing that such person receives such instructions as to the effect of this Act and any regulations made under it, and such other assistance, as may be reasonably sufficient in connection with the exercise by that person and any spouse or civil partner of that person of any rights conferred on them as mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

(4) In subsections (1) to (3) "the appropriate government department" means, in relation to members of the forces, the Ministry of Defence, and in relation to any other person means the government department under which he is employed in the employment giving the service qualification.

(5) The Ministry of Defence must maintain, in relation to each member of the forces who provides information relating to his registration as an elector, a record of such information.

(6) The Ministry of Defence must make arrangements to enable each member of the forces to update annually the information recorded under subsection (5).

(7) In relation to persons having a service qualification by virtue of paragraph (c) of section 14(1), the British Council shall be under a corresponding obligation to that imposed by subsections (1) to (3) on the appropriate government department.""

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 1) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 116; Not-Contents, 203.

Debate in Parliament | Source |

Public Whip is run as a free not-for-profit free service. If you'd like to support us, please consider switching your electricity and/or gas to Bulb Energy who provide 100% renewable electricity and tend to be 20% cheaper than the 'Big Six'. They'll also pay any exit fees (up to £120) from your old supplier AND give you (and us) a £50 credit for joining up via our Bulb Referral Link.

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Con0 100 (+2 tell)48.8%
Crossbench25 1421.8%
Lab131 (+2 tell) 063.6%
LDem42 055.3%
UUP1 0100.0%
Total:199 11447.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Party | Vote

Viscount Allenby of MegiddoCrossbenchaye
Lord Ampthill Crossbenchaye
Lord Cameron of DillingtonCrossbenchaye
Baroness Cox Crossbenchaye
Viscount Craigavon Crossbenchaye
The Earl of ErrollCrossbenchaye
Baroness Howe of IdlicoteCrossbenchaye
Lord Hylton Crossbenchaye
Viscount Montgomery of AlameinCrossbenchaye
Lord Ramsbotham Crossbenchaye
Lady Saltoun of AbernethyCrossbenchaye
Baroness Stern Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Thomas of SwynnertonCrossbenchaye
Lord Williamson of HortonCrossbench (front bench)aye

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

PublicWhip v2 codebase is currently under development - you can join the Slack group to find out more or email [email protected]

The Whip on the Web

Help keep PublicWhip alive