Committee (and remaining stages)

Part of Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Lords at 1:58 am on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Tunnicliffe Lord Tunnicliffe Government Whip, Government Whip 1:58 am, 7th April 2010

My Lords, I am assured that this is a consequential and technical amendment. I beg to move.

Amendment 114A agreed.

Amendment 115 not moved.

Clause 59, as amended, agreed.

Clause 60 : Tax status of members of the House of Lords: transitional provision

Amendments 116 to 120 not moved.

Amendment 121

Moved by Lord Tunnicliffe

121: Clause 60, page 35, line 10, at end insert-

"(4A) But section 3(1)(b) of the 1999 Act does not apply in relation to M before the end of the period of three years beginning with the date on which the notice is given."

Amendment 121 agreed.

Amendment 122 not moved.

Amendment 123

Moved by Lord Tunnicliffe

123: Clause 60, page 35, line 14 , at end insert-

"(5A) But subsection (5)(b) does not apply before the end of the period of three years beginning with the date on which the notice is given."

Amendment 123 agreed.

Amendments 124 and 125 not moved.

Amendments 126 and 127

Moved by Lord Tunnicliffe

126: Clause 60, page 35, line 21, leave out from "peerage" to "subsection" in line 22 and insert "is conferred on M or M succeeds to a peerage,"

127: Clause 60, page 35, line 23, at end insert-

"If subsection (4)(a) has applied to M, it does not stop M becoming excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999 again by filling a vacancy under section 2 of that Act after the notice is given."

Amendments 126 and 127 agreed.

Amendments 128 and 129 not moved.

Clause 60, as amended, agreed.

Amendment 130

Tabled by Lord Selsdon

130: After Clause 60, insert the following new Clause-

"Tax status and citizenship of members of the House of Lords

(1) Any Member introduced into the House of Lords after the passing of this Act shall be a British citizen for taxation purposes.

(2) For the purposes of this Act "British citizen" means-

(a) a citizen of England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland;

(b) a citizen of Her Majesty's Crown Dependencies and Her Majesty's Crown Dependencies are-

(i) the Isle of Man,

(ii) the Bailiwick of Jersey,

(iii) the Bailiwick of Guernsey; or

(c) a citizen of Her Majesty's Overseas Territories who holds British citizenship under the British Overseas Territories Act 2002 and Her Majesty's Overseas Territories are-

(i) Anguilla,

(ii) Bermuda,

(iii) British Antarctic Territory,

(iv) British Indian Ocean Territory,

(v) British Virgin Islands,

(vi) Cayman Islands,

(vii) Falkland Islands,

(viii) Gibraltar,

(ix) Montserrat,

(x) Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands,

(xi) St Helena and her dependencies of Ascension Island and Tristan da Cuhna,

(xii) South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

(3) For the purposes of this Act a member of the House of Lords who is a citizen of one of Her Majesty's Realms, may be granted British citizenship without surrendering the current citizenship of a country of Her Majesty's Realms which are-

(a) Antigua and Barbuda,

(b) Australia,

(c) The Bahamas,

(d) Barbados,

(e) Belize,

(f) Canada,

(g) Grenada,

(h) Jamaica,

(i) New Zealand,

(j) Papua New Guinea,

(k) St Kitts and Nevis,

(l) St Lucia,

(m) St Vincent and Grenadines,

(n) Solomon Islands,

(o) Tuvalu.

(4) For the purposes of this Act, a member of the House of Lords who was born in any country of the Commonwealth prior to independence of that country may be granted British citizenship without surrending the current citizenship of the country of birth."