Clause 8 - Other elections, etc.

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 4th November 2003.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath 4:45 pm, 4th November 2003

As we are about to run out of time, I wanted to thank you, Mr. Cook, your fellow Chairman, Mr. Benton, and the Clerks.

I also want to make a point about a matter that I had hoped to put on record earlier. Unfortunately, the amendment that I drafted was not ruled in order, so I could not speak to it. Given that clause 8(1) says:

''The Schedule (which makes provision for certain other elections and referendums) has effect'',

I thought that that provided the perfect opportunity for Opposition Members to demand a referendum on the Government's proposal to sign the UK up to the EU constitution. We are talking about European elections, and I am sure that I would have the support of my hon. Friends the Members for Rochford and Southend, East, for Reigate and for Spelthorne when I say that this is something that unites the Conservative party. Even some pro-Europeans in other parties believe that there should be a referendum, although they would vote differently from my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend, East.

It being five o'clock, The Chairman proceeded, pursuant to Sessional Order C [29 October 2002] and the Order of the Committee [30 October 2003], to put forthwith the Question already proposed from the Chair.

Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 11, Noes 5.

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 8 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The Chairman then proceeded to put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of the business to be concluded at that time.

Question put, That the schedule be the schedule to the Bill and clauses 9 to 13 stand part of the Bill:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 11, Noes 5.

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No: 5 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Schedule agreed to.

Clauses 9 to 13 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Bill to be reported, without amendment.

Committee rose at one minute past Five o'clock.