New Clause 22 — Schemes under section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers]: proposals, consultation and evaluation

Political Parties and Elections Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 2nd March 2009.

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'(1) A scheme may be included in an order under section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers] only if a proposal has been submitted to the Secretary of State by the registration officer to whom the scheme relates and the scheme gives effect to the proposal, either—

(a) without modification, or

(b) with modifications suggested by the Secretary of State and agreed to by the officer.

(2) The Secretary of State may not make an order under section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers] without first consulting—

(a) the Electoral Commission;

(b) any person authorised or required by the order to provide information to a registration officer;

(c) the Information Commissioner.

(3) An order under section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers] must specify a date (the "evaluation date") for each scheme included in the order.

The Electoral Commission must prepare a report on the operation of each scheme and, no later than the evaluation date, give a copy of it—

(a) to the registration officer concerned, and

(b) to the Secretary of State.

(4) A report under subsection (3) must set out the terms of the scheme and must contain—

(a) a description of the scheme;

(b) an assessment of the matters set out in subsection (5);

(c) anything else specified in the order under section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers].

(5) The matters are—

(a) the extent to which the scheme has achieved the purpose mentioned in section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers](2);

(b) whether there was any objection to the scheme, and if so how much;

(c) how easy the scheme was to administer;

(d) the extent to which the scheme resulted in savings of time and costs, or the opposite.

(6) The registration officer concerned—

(a) must give the Electoral Commission whatever assistance they reasonably require in connection with the preparation of the report;

(b) must publish the report in whatever way the officer thinks appropriate.

(7) In this section "registration officer" and "scheme" mean the same as in section [Schemes for provision of data to registration officers].'.— (Mr. Wills.)

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I should be most grateful if there were an opportunity to put new clause 23 to a vote on the grounds that it is consistent with decisions previously taken by the House about the security of hon. Members' home addresses. [ Interruption. ]

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Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

Order. In view of the comments that the hon. Gentleman has made, I have decided that in the circumstances he has outlined, I will select new clause 23 for a separate decision.

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