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Gas Prices and Energy Suppliers (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: Better insulation of homes is essential for cutting rising fuel bills and emissions. Does the Secretary of State agree that it was a mistake to cut the green homes grant earlier this year, and will he commit to reforming it and bringing it back?

Gas Prices and Energy Suppliers (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: Better insulation of homes is essential for cutting rising fuel bills and emissions. Does the Secretary of State agree that it was a mistake to cut the green homes grant earlier this year, and will he commit to reforming it and bringing it back?

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I, too, congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on your chairing of the G7 Speakers conference and welcome the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the team to their places. The next pandemic or major disaster could happen tomorrow. We have to learn our lessons from this pandemic and be much better prepared for it happening again. The covid-19 national foresight group has been capturing these live...

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I thank the Minister for that, and I will be following it up with him. The latest allegations about the Home Secretary’s secret meeting with British Airways, a billionaire Tory donor and the then Business Secretary, but with no official present, should concern us all. She is a serial offender for breaking the ministerial code previously. Will the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster...

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I, too, congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on your chairing of the G7 Speakers conference and welcome the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the team to their places. The next pandemic or major disaster could happen tomorrow. We have to learn our lessons from this pandemic and be much better prepared for it happening again. The covid-19 national foresight group has been capturing these live...

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I thank the Minister for that, and I will be following it up with him. The latest allegations about the Home Secretary’s secret meeting with British Airways, a billionaire Tory donor and the then Business Secretary, but with no official present, should concern us all. She is a serial offender for breaking the ministerial code previously. Will the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I thank the hon. Member for his intervention. Trust in outsourcing has recently been shaken among the electorate and constituents. Building it into the Bill would be a mistake. The voter ID card will be an individual’s ticket to democratic participation, which is their voice; it is sacrosanct. It is therefore a process that the Government and the public sector must retain control of....

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I thank the hon. Member for his intervention. Given recent examples, I just do not think we can trust this to external contracts. Why not build the best into our system? Why not learn from Northern Ireland, where that in-sourcing really worked? That is the closest example we have for this contract, so why not look to the experience there and learn from it?

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: When secondary legislation is developed, which will probably cover this matter, perhaps we can see what the evidence base is. We can then look at different potential contracts and what the costs would be, and the hon. Member is correct that that should inform our decision. Most recently, there was real concern about sharing our NHS data and GP surgery data with a private company. That had to...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I would say that the whole Bill is ideological, so it is ridiculous just to take one part of it. It is ideological from start to finish, and especially in these provisions on voter ID. We must get this right from the start. We cannot go to an outsourced private company, get it botched, cause people not to trust it, and then insource it. Why not learn from Northern Ireland and get it right...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: Thank you very much, Sir Edward, and I thank the hon. Member for Darlington for his memorable intervention—I certainly remembered it—on whether we should match 10-year passports, and whether that would be easier for people to remember. That might be part of the Government’s thinking. I would like to know what their thinking is. Can the Minister confirm how long the free elector ID card...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I am disappointed that the Government will not support the amendment. I hope to see it resurface in secondary legislation and to see at least 15 years as the length of time. First we need to see some research into the impact of different renewal dates and the cost of renewing to be informing the Government’s decision. This was a probing amendment, so we will not push it to a vote. I beg to...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I beg to move amendment 43, in schedule 1, page 66, line 5, at end insert— “13BF Prohibition of outsourcing of administration and production of electoral identity documents The administration or production of an electoral identity document under section 13BD or an anonymous elector’s document under section 13BE may not be outsourced to a private company This amendment would prohibit...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: With our amendments, the Opposition are trying to mitigate the worst impact of having a voter ID. Frequently having to re-apply for a voter ID card will have a disproportionately bad impact, potentially stopping people from voting. I do not think any of us want to see that. This is about getting the right balance; is three, five, 10, 15, 20 or 50 years the right balance? I will be interested...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: I beg to move amendment 32, in schedule, page 64, line 27, at end insert “though that period may not be less than 15 years from the day on which it is issued.” This amendment would mean that an electoral identity document would be valid for at least 15 years.

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: Amendment 32 looks at the detail of how long an election ID card would be valid, which is important to know. Obviously, this will be coming out in secondary legislation, but it is important to know whether there will be an annual expectation to renew the ID card, or whether it will be valid for five, 10 or 15 years. The amendment suggests 15 years, but if the Government are open to the card...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: Some of us will change more than others. A balance needs to be found between renewing too frequently, which could be a barrier to voting, and recognising that people’s appearance changes over time. That is why people over 18 have to renew their passports every 10 years, but I think 15 years would be far more reasonable.

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: In Northern Ireland, people can take an expired form of photo ID and it will still count, so there is no limit there. A limit of 15 years does not apply in Northern Ireland, so perhaps a longer period of time should be looked at. It would be good to know the Minister’s thinking on that. Mandating renewal of these documents any less than every 15 years would have a huge and disproportionate...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: For many trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, the photograph, name and/or gender marker on their legal documents may not reflect their appearance or gender identity, which goes back to the earlier point about changing identity. The introduction of voter ID could inadvertently result in such people being turned away from voting stations or simply deciding not to vote, for fear...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Schedule 1 - Voter identification (22 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: That is an important point. I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman, and that is why I said that it must be delivered by the Electoral Commission in conjunction with local authorities. Local authorities know the best place to open up their surgeries, or wherever they will be delivering the cards. They know the best times and the best ways to do it locally, so having a national system that...


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