Legislative Consent: Elections Bill
The Elections Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July 2021.
The long title to the Bill notes that it is a Bill “to make provision about the administration and conduct of elections, including provision designed to strengthen the integrity of the electoral process; about overseas electors; about voting and candidacy rights of EU citizens; about the designation of a strategy and policy statement for the Electoral Commission; about the membership of the Speaker's Committee; about the Electoral Commission's functions in relation to criminal proceedings; about financial information to be provided by a political party on applying for registration; for preventing a person being registered as a political party and being a recognised non-party campaigner at the same time; about regulation of expenditure for political purposes; about disqualification of offenders for holding elective offices; about information to be included in electronic campaigning material; and for connected purposes.”
The Bill is subject to the legislative consent process under Standing Order 29. This is when the consent of the Welsh Parliament is sought by the UK Government to legislate on an issue which falls within the competence of the Senedd.
The Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the Bill before the Senedd on 9 September 2021.
The Business Committee agreed (PDF 38.3KB), in accordance with Standing Order 29.4(i), to invite the Local Government and Housing Committee and the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to consider and report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Elections Bill, to the Senedd, by 4 November 2021.
On 4 November 2021, the Business Committee agreed (PDF 39.1KB) a new reporting deadline of 16 December.
The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee published its report on the Welsh Government’s Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Elections Bill (PDF 231KB) on 2 December 2021.
The Local Government and Housing Committee published its report on the Welsh Government’s Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Elections Bill (PDF 135KB) on 3 December 2021.
Further information on the Senedd’s consideration of the LCM, including relevant correspondence, can be found under ‘Related Meetings’.
Business type: Legislative Consent
First published: 10/09/2021