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Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions

Part of House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment) – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 19th October 2010.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet 7:30 pm, 19th October 2010

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 341, page 6, line 35, leave out '2013' and insert '2018'.

Amendment 342, page 6, line 36, leave out 'fifth' and insert 'tenth'.

Amendment 38, page 6, line 36, at end insert-

'(3A) After subsection (2) there is inserted-

"(2AA) The boundary review due to be completed by the date set out in subsection (2)(a) above shall not begin until both Houses of Parliament have approved a report from the Electoral Commission certifying that in its opinion sufficient measures have been taken to provide for the registration of eligible voters.".'.

Amendment 70, in clause 9, page 7, line 32, at end insert-

'(1A) This rule is subject to an independent assessment of the Boundary Commission as to the potential electorate within any area where the Commission, having consulted-

(a) the Electoral Commission,

(b) the Registration Officer of the local authority or authorities in that area,

(c) such other organisations and individuals whom the Boundary Commission may choose to consult, determine that the difference between the registered electorate and the assessed numbers eligible to be registered is so significant as to give rise to concern about the number of people to be served within such constituencies as would otherwise be created by rule 2(1) above.'.

Amendment 125, page 10, line 2, leave out from 'persons' to end of line 6 and insert

'who are estimated by the Office of National Statistics to be eligible to vote in United Kingdom parliamentary elections, whether or not they are so registered to vote.'.

Amendment 135, in clause 16, page 13, line 5, at end insert

'with the exception of Part 2, which will not come into force until-

(a) after the referendum on the determination of powers devolved to the National Assembly for Wales under the terms of the Government of Wales Act 2006; and

(b) the Electoral Commission has reported to the House of Commons, that over 95% of eligible voters in each local authority area are estimated to be on the electoral register.'.