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Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government: Meetings (28 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The Department has not carried out any assessment of the impact of returning to in-person council meetings.  The Local Government Act 1972 specifies that council meetings must take place in person at a single, specified, geographical location, and being 'present' at such a meeting involves physical presence at that location.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: British National (Overseas): Hong Kong (27 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The DLUHC Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Programme seeks to support BN(O) status holders as they make their homes and lives in the UK - this includes finding employment. Our network of Welcome Hubs across the UK can provide support and practical advice, alongside the Welcome Pack, published on GOV.UK in both English and Cantonese, which provides guidance on searching for...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: British National (Overseas): Finance (27 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: In April, DLUHC launched a £43 million UK-wide Welcome Programme for 2021-22 to support British National (Overseas) [BN(O)] status holders as they arrive in the UK and settle into their new communities. We have distributed £3.6 million to establish a network of 12 virtual Welcome Hubs across the UK, helping to coordinate support and offer practical advice to BN(O) status...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Tax (27 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: Council tax levels are set by local authorities, although the Secretary of State determines referendum principles to ensure that residents can have the final say over excessive increases. The provisional local government finance settlement will set out full details of the proposed referendum principles for 2022-23. The settlement and referendum principles will be subject to agreement by...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Members: Correspondence (27 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The response to the letter was sent out on 27 October 2021.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government: Meetings (27 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The Department is reviewing the responses to the consultation and will respond in due course. Any permanent change would require legislation, and would depend upon Parliamentary time being available.

Judicial Review and Courts Bill (26 Oct 2021)

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Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 14 - Permissible donors (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: As the hon. Member mentioned, we discussed this issue when considering clauses on overseas electors. I did agree with Opposition Members that we should look at ways to ensure that we do not inadvertently create new loopholes while trying to secure the voting system or inadvertently extend the franchise beyond the Bill’s intention. Having said that, what the hon. Lady refers to as a loophole...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 15 - Fines for electoral offences (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government do not support the new clause for several reasons. I am aware that the Committee on Standards in Public Life recommended in its “Regulating Election Finance” report that the Electoral Commission’s fining powers should be increased to 4% of a campaign’s total spend, or £500,000—whichever is higher. The new clause closely mirrors that proposal. The Government’s view...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: Title (26 Oct 2021)

Amendment made: 59, in title, line 2, after “electoral process” insert— “and provision about the use of the simple majority system in elections for certain offices”.—(Kemi Badenoch.) This amendment amends the long title in consequence of the new clause inserted by NC1.

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 10 - Emergency appointment of proxy (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government cannot support the new clause as we believe that in order to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, the emergency proxy provision cannot be drawn too widely. We discussed that in passing when considering other clauses. The arguments for emergency proxies still stand. There is already provision for electors to be able to apply for an emergency proxy, as the hon. Member...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 12 - Same Day Voter Registration (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: We cannot agree to the new clause, as it would have a significant logistical impact on the conduct of elections. Allowing registrations on polling day itself would raise issues about how the eligibility of applicants can be verified, and uncertainties as to the register to be used for the election, undermining confidence in the process. All applications should be subject to the same level of...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 6 - Voting by qualifying foreign nationals (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The right to vote in parliamentary elections and choose the next UK Government is rightly restricted to British citizens and those with the closest historical links to our country. European citizens, for example, have never been entitled to vote in parliamentary elections. This new clause would extend the parliamentary franchise to all foreign nationals resident in the UK. The Government have...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 7 - Voting by EU nationals (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: Our position has always been that after our exit from the EU existing voting and candidacy rights should be maintained where possible. The new clause would extend the parliamentary franchise to EU citizens where no such rights previously existed, as I said during our debate on the previous amendments. Those who are nationals of a member state have never been able to vote in UK parliamentary...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 9 - Online applications for absent votes (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: Committee members may want to get out their smelling salts, because the Government agree in principle with the introduction of online absent voting applications. The Government developed the basis for a potential online absent voting application earlier this year, and further work is under way to determine whether it can be rolled out safely. The Government are committed to increasing...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 4 - Voting age for parliamentary elections to be 16 (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: I was amazed to hear the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute, who is clearly suffering from significant amnesia if he claims not to have heard the arguments on votes at 16. As the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood said, the subject has been debated time and again, certainly every single year since 2010. There is no need for me to rehash the arguments. I ask him to ask his parliamentary...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 5 - Voting by convicted persons sentenced to terms of 12 months or less (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: The Government believe that when citizens commit a crime that is sufficiently serious to detain them in prison, they have broken their contract with society to such an extent that they should not have the right to vote in prison. We were elected on a manifesto that makes it clear that we will maintain the ban on prisoners voting in jail. Prison means the loss of a number of rights and...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 3 - Automatic Voter Registration (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: New clauses 3 and 11 would impose a legal duty on public bodies, requiring them to provide information to electoral registration officers for the purposes of automatic electoral registration of identified electors. I am open to being persuaded, but the arguments need to be very good and, clearly, should not contradict the principles on which we stand for election or that can be found in...

Public Bill Committee: Elections Bill: New Clause 2 - Citizens’ assembly on electoral systems (26 Oct 2021)

Kemi Badenoch: I have listened to the arguments carefully, and I am not persuaded that there is a need for a citizens’ assembly on this issue and for a statutory requirement, so I Members to oppose the new clause.


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