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Scotland Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Sep 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, when I saw what my position I was on the list of speakers, and recognising the lateness of the hour, I was tempted to start by saying that everything I want to say has already been said and that I will therefore not make a speech at all. However, I decided against it. I have been a supporter of devolution for a long time. Throughout the whole of my parliamentary career I have...

Scotland Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Sep 2011)

Lord Maxton: Yes, quite. We have to get that case across. My first point is that we must make the case for the union, because there is a very good case to be made. Secondly, we must ask the SNP why it wants us to separate. What is the case for independence? If we look at history we see that various things divide people from people and make them say, "That is why we want to be separate". Language is one....

Scotland Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Sep 2011)

Lord Maxton: Those may be the social aspirations in London but I am not at all convinced. Certainly in several elections recently, the Labour Party has had a clear majority of Members of Parliament from London. Equally, the social aspirations of the people of Manchester are very similar to those of the people of Glasgow, as are those of the people of Newcastle to those of the people of Edinburgh, Glasgow...

Scotland Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Sep 2011)

Lord Maxton: That, of course, is not what the Scottish National Party wants. It wants an independent, separate state established as Scotland. It is not really interested, although it may demand it, in more powers for a Scottish Parliament.

Scotland Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Sep 2011)

Lord Maxton: The fact is, however, that it never tells us exactly what it means by the term "independence".

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords-

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Third Reading (14 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I accept the point about people who have registered more than once in separate constituencies, but it is very demanding on their honesty. What checks will be made on whether they have voted more than once in the referendum? If any check is made, what action will be taken against someone who has voted twice?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (17th Day) ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: Given the assurance that the Minister gave last night that in the Scottish situation the parliamentary vote would come first, can he therefore say that in terms of ballot boxes there will always be two in Scotland-one for the Scottish Parliament elections and one for the referendum? If there is not, there are some areas-particularly, oddly enough, in some of the more remote areas which the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (17th Day) ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: As someone who, like the noble and learned Lord, has been involved in elections, I know that there is sometimes great variety even within the same constituency and even from one school to another. If I am a candidate and walk in with my rosette on my lapel, I am told to take it off in one school but not in the next. Are there any guidelines to be given on that?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (17th Day) ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, following the comments of my noble friend Lord Campbell-Savours, I wish to refer to postal voting. I know that my earlier intervention was not perhaps entirely helpful to him but the fact is that this matter raises another question. The referendum is a national referendum. Some voters will be registered at more than one address for work or other reasons. Many Members of this House...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (17th Day) ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: In that case, is the Minister saying that it will be the responsibility of the person who is registered to make sure that they do not receive a postal vote for the referendum, rather than it being noted on some form of national register?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (17th Day) ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Maxton: I am not absolutely sure about this but I seem to remember that this happened to me once. I could take the postal vote with me and hand it in at the polling station, rather than be barred from voting, as such.

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

Lord Maxton: I accept the point the Minister is making. I may be wrong here but I do not remember a referendum held on the same day as other elections. This is what is going to confuse many electors, rather than the fact that they are being asked to vote yea or nay in a referendum.

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

Lord Maxton: My noble friend raises a very interesting point. However, in a sense the problem is even greater than he perhaps realises. I cannot see that most of the people who will be campaigning for the yes vote or the no vote will not be political activists anyway. There are not large numbers of us around, so it may very well be that, at the school, some people will be asked to take on a dual role,...

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

Lord Maxton: My Lords, it was not my intention to speak. Members opposite will know I have not spoken that often during these long debates. However, the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, rather than trying to calm things down, actually provokes people into speaking and that is the case in this instance. I just say to my noble friend Lord Myners that the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, may travel in a big limousine,...

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

Lord Maxton: I support the amendment as well. I support my noble friend Lord Myners in his idea of a transparent box, whether or not the bottom is transparent. I would rather we did not have ballot boxes at all and voted electronically, but that is a personal campaign which I have been running for a long time. I include in that this place as well. I notice that we will be able to bring electronic devices...

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

Lord Maxton: Yes. Being an elderly gentleman, I have to accept that my experience of campaigning on a personal level precedes most of the changes in the rules as regards postal voting. My noble friend may very well have a point. I accept it is a minor point but I hope it will be considered.

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

Lord Maxton: My noble friend raises an interesting point. If in the Scottish election on 5 May, the first person in decides that they do not want to vote in the referendum at all and they only want to vote in the Scottish election, my noble friend's point would be very apposite.

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

Lord Maxton: My Lords, as someone who takes an interest in the field of IT and new technologies, I have to say that the idea that we still vote by putting a cross on a piece of paper, having had to travel somewhere to actually put that paper into a box, appals me. I would not dream of booking a holiday or anything else in any way other than online through my computer and paying with a bank card. There is...

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

Lord Maxton: My noble friend makes a good point because the chance of a reduced turnout is even further increased by that. Moreover, if we have to have this sort of electoral system and way of voting, maybe there is a case for switching the polling day from a Thursday to a Sunday because at least that would give people the whole day to cast their vote, whereas those who are at work on a Thursday have to...


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