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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) ( 1 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: I gather that some returning officers in Scotland have already begun to complain that they do not know which votes they will have to count first, and that this is causing some confusion in their ranks. Maybe it is for the Government or the Electoral Commission to take a decision on this. However, I think that there will be some anger in Scotland if the results for who is to form the next...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (16th Day) ( 1 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: Can this be produced as an app for the iPhone and the iPad? That is where many youngsters get their information. A single app on their phone which allows them to read it would be very useful.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (13th Day) (25 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: I know the Isle of Arran quite well. I look across to Argyll from my house on the Isle of Arran. It would be easy, given the hard logic that the Minister wishes to follow, to look at the map and say that the Isle of Arran ought to be part of the Argyll and Bute constituency. There are 3,500 electors on the island. It would be easy to say, "If you look at the map, there is a shorter sea...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: Could I raise almost the opposite point of view? Many people who are in prison are already registered to vote at their home address. What is to stop them using the postal vote system to cast their vote, even though they are in prison? All it requires is for them to apply for it from that home address. The postal vote arrives at their home. Some relative takes it in to them, they cast their...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: What my noble friend Lord Reid quite rightly said was that it was not just the complete electorate that we represented in the House of Commons, but the total population. That means babes in arms right through to the person lying in hospital about to expire. It means everybody.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: The problem is not whether there is a database-we have had that debate-but what use will be made of the database once the Electoral Commission and local authorities have that information. Will it be to add people to the electoral register, or is it just to check the electoral register?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: Does that mean that the Electoral Commission can add people to the electoral register in any particular area and then use those people to calculate where the boundary division should be?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I hope to be brief and hope that the cameramen from the Independentare taking photographs on that side this time to note those who are closing their eyes and going to sleep. We have been talking about the 3.5 million who are not registered. I think in a modern democracy everybody has a right to be on the register and therefore a right to vote. It is not just a matter of taking the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: I entirely agree with my noble friend. In a previous existence, I was the Scottish Office spokesman for the Labour Party on the poll tax in Scotland. Nowadays there is no fine at all and no compulsion on anyone to register in terms of the law, but the Conservative Government of the day increased very considerably the fines that were available to the courts to fine people if they did not fill...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: I cannot disagree with my noble friend. I think I have made my point.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, the noble Lord opposite referred to "crude estimates" landing in the political arena. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, who is not in his place, and I have had a running dialogue throughout the Bill about using other databases to put people on the register. These would provide not crude estimates but hard facts drawn from databases to which local government,...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: The Minister and I have had a dialogue about the use of data from various sources in drawing up the register. Is the Boundary Commission bound entirely, in drawing up these figures, to the printed and published register of voters, or is it entitled to use other forms of data in order to ensure that the maximum number of people are included in a constituency?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (12 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I am not an expert on the new technology, despite what some people think. In terms of this Chamber, I am the one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind. Just in case the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, thinks that he has inspired me to my feet, I say that it was not him but the Minister-the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace. On several occasions now, in response to these debates, he has...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (12 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: My noble friend, inevitably, gets there before me. I will come to that in a minute. Is it the Government's intention to draw up the register based on these databases, which local authorities will be able to go into, and therefore add large numbers of people who have not registered to vote? If the Government are not going to do that, what is the point of going into the databases? There is no...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (8th Day) (12 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: After I raised that point, someone raised with me the question of whether the Data Protection Act will allow that sort of exchange of information, as it is presently worded.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (10 Jan 2011)

Lord Maxton: I am delighted to hear the noble and learned Lord say that, because we have to use all the public databases available to us to ensure that we have an accurate register. We should start with a register and then check off its accuracy rather than the other way around. Could school records be included? That is one source where you know that someone leaves school at the age of 16 and you know...

Identity Documents Bill: Consideration of Commons Reason (21 Dec 2010)

Lord Maxton: I shall be brief, although I thought that the actions of the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, and the noble Lord, Lord McNally, were provocative, to say the least, forcing some of us to make longer speeches than we would have done otherwise. On the relationship between ourselves and the House of Commons, the important question was asked why we were allowed to vote on the amendment in the first place...

Identity Documents Bill: Consideration of Commons Reason (21 Dec 2010)

Lord Maxton: If no compensation is to be paid, then presumably the card will become the property of the person who holds it. We briefly debated that point when we considered the Bill. Does that mean that the person who now holds the card as their own property, as they are not being given any compensation for it, will be able to use it to prove their identity in certain circumstances, such as for young...


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