European Parliamentary Elections Act 1993



European ParliamentaryElections Act 1993

1993 CHAPTER 41

An Act to give effect to a Decision of the Council of the European Communities, 93/81/Euratom, ECSC, EEC, of 1st February 1993 having the effect of increasing the number of United Kingdom representatives to be elected to the European Parliament; and for connected purposes.

[5th November 1993]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Increase in number of representatives to the European Parliament.

1 Increase in number of representatives to the European Parliament.

(1) In the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 (in this Act referred to as ‘the principal Act’), in section 2 (number of representatives)—

(a) for ‘81’ there shall be substituted ‘87’;

(b) in paragraph (a) (England) for ‘66’ there shall be substituted ‘71’; and

(c) in paragraph (c) (Wales) for ‘4’ there shall be substituted ‘5’.

(2) In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the principal Act (European Parliamentary constituencies), in sub-paragraph (2)—

(a) for ‘79’ there shall be substituted ‘85’;

(b) in paragraph (a) (England) for ‘66’ there shall be substituted ‘71’; and

(c) in paragraph (c) (Wales) for ‘4’ there shall be substituted ‘5’; and

S-2 Initial drawing up of the new constituencies.

2 Initial drawing up of the new constituencies.

(1) The provisions of this section have effect for the purpose of determining the European Parliamentary constituencies into which England and Wales shall initially be divided in order to give effect to paragraph 1(2)(a) and (c) of Schedule 1 to the principal Act, as amended by section 1 above.

(2) For each of England and Wales there shall be a European Parliamentary Constituencies Committee (in this Act referred to as a ‘Committee’) appointed (whether before or after the passing of this Act) by the Secretary of State; and the provisions of Part I of the Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to each Committee.

(3) Part II of the Schedule to this Act (which is derived, with modifications, from provisions of Part I of Schedule 2 to the principal Act) shall have effect with respect to reports of the Committees and Orders in Council consequent thereon.

(4) Parts II and III of Schedule 2 to the principal Act (criteria for dividing Great Britain into European Parliamentary constituencies) shall have effect in relation to reports of the Committees and Orders in Council consequent thereon as they have effect in relation to reports of Boundary Commissions and Orders in Council under that Schedule, except that for the definition of ‘enumeration date’ in Part III there shall be substituted—

‘enumeration date’ means 16th February 1993.

(5) For the purposes of the principal Act, an Order in Council which has been made under Part II of the Schedule to this Act shall have effect as if it had been made under Schedule 2 to the principal Act.

(6) Any appointment made or other thing done by or in relation to a Committee at a time before the passing of this Act shall be regarded as valid if it would have been...

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