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Clause 13 — Role of Electoral Commission

Part of Firearms (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:55 pm on 25th January 2011.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe 9:55 pm, 25th January 2011

My hon. Friend's helpful intervention will probably have given some reassurance to Mr David.

We are seeking to encourage greater participation, and providing clarity so that the people know what they would be voting for regardless of which way they choose to vote. We are following the practice adopted for the North East assembly referendum in 2004, and the approach taken in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

If I may, I refer the hon. Member for Caerphilly to the 2003 enabling Act for the north-east regional assemblies referendum. It included clause 8, supplementary to PPERA, on "encouraging voting", and that-

Debate interrupted (Programme Order, 7 December).

The Chair put forthwith the Question already proposed from the Chair (Standing Order No. 83D), That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Question agreed to.

Clause 13 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair (Programme Order, 7 December.)

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Progress reported; Committee to sit again tomorrow.