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Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020

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32Exception from disqualification by virtue of being a member of the House of Lords

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After section 17B of the 2006 Act insert—

17CException from disqualification by virtue of being a member of the House of Lords

(1)A person returned at an election as a Member of the Senedd is not disqualified under section 16(1)(zb) (disqualification by virtue of being a member of the House of Lords) at any time in the period of eight days beginning with the day the person is so returned.

(2)A Member of the Senedd who becomes a member of the House of Lords is not disqualified under section 16(1)(zb) at any time before the end of the period of eight days beginning with the day the person makes and subscribes the oath required by the Parliamentary Oaths Act 1866 (c. 19) (or the corresponding affirmation).

(3)A person is not disqualified from being a Member of the Senedd under section 16(1)(zb) at any time when the person—

(a)has leave of absence from the House of Lords, or

(b)has made an application for leave of absence which has not been withdrawn or refused.

(4)A person who is on leave of absence from the House of Lords immediately before Parliament is dissolved is not disqualified from being a Member of the Senedd under section 16(1)(zb) at any time in the period—

(a)beginning with the dissolution of the old Parliament, and

(b)ending at the end of the period of eight days beginning with the day of the first meeting of the new Parliament.

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