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(g)    

any other person he considers could be affected by controls on third party

 

campaigning.’.

 


 

PART 3, NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 3, NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 3,

 

PART 4, REMAINING NEW CLAUSES, REMAINING NEW SCHEDULES, REMAINING

 

PROCEEDINGS ON THE BILL

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

103

 

Clause  36,  page  37,  line  39,  leave out ‘in relation to each reporting period’ and

 

insert ‘if

 

(a)    

a formal complaint is received by the Certification Officer that would

 

result in the Certification Officer requiring a membership audit in

 

relation to the reporting period when the complaint was verified and

 

(b)    

the Certification Officer determined that a certificate was required.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

104

 

Clause  36,  page  38,  line  7,  at end insert ‘unless—

 

(a)    

The Trade Union is appealing the membership certificate; or

 

(b)    

The Trade Union has challenged the Certification Officer’s acceptance of

 

a membership audit certificate and invoked (a).’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

105

 

Clause  36,  page  38,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

The Secretary of State may confer these powers to any political party with more

 

than 10,000 members should there be a requirement in the public interest.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

106

 

Clause  36,  page  38,  line  22,  leave out from ‘certificate’ to end of line 23 and insert

 

‘for which the trade union may request reasonable payment as per charges for requests for

 

access to accounting periods in section 30(6).’.

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 9 September 2013            

680

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

121

 

Clause  37,  page  38,  line  42,  leave out ‘in relation to each reporting period’ and

 

insert ‘if section 24ZA(1) is invoked’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

107

 

Clause  37,  page  39,  line  7,  at end add ‘, and

 

(c)    

to have a duty of confidentiality to the trade union and its members; and

 

(d)    

to abide at all times by the trade union’s obligations under the Data

 

Protection Act 1998 to protect the information of members.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

108

 

Clause  37,  page  39,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The conditions set out in an order under subsection (3)(a) shall include the

 

qualifications, status and experience an assurer requires in order to qualify under

 

that subsection.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

110

 

Clause  37,  page  39,  leave out lines 29 to 35 and insert—

 

‘(1)    

The appointment and removal of an assurer will be conducted as per the

 

specification in section 49(1) and section 49(5) of the Trade Union and Labour

 

Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

109

 

Clause  37,  page  39,  line  46,  at end add—

 

‘(e)    

The person has breached the confidentiality of the Trade Union, or

 

(f)    

The person is in breach of his statutory duty or the terms of his

 

appointment, by reason of incapacity or for any other reason which in the

 

reasonable opinion of the union justifies his removal, or

 

(g)    

There are any other reasonable circumstances where the continuation of

 

the assurer would be deemed inappropriate.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 9 September 2013            

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and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

111

 

Clause  37,  page  40,  line  12,  leave out from ‘opinion,’ to ‘for the purposes’ in line

 

14 and insert ‘the trade union secured, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the entries

 

in the register were accurate and up-to-date.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

112

 

Clause  37,  page  40,  line  19,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

Whether, in the assurer’s opinion, the trade union has taken all

 

reasonably steps to ensure their membership register is up to date taking

 

into account—

 

“(1)    

That the union should not be held responsible for inaccuracies in

 

cases where, in the assurer’s opinion, an employer is not sharing

 

timely and accurate details, and

 

(2)    

any other aspects that, in the assurer’s opinion, have been out of

 

the control of the trade union in the maintenance of the

 

membership register.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

166

 

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Clause  37,  page  40,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

The Secretary of State will determine the definition of “satisfactory” and “not

 

satisfactory” in this section and produce guidance for assurers.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

116

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  line  1,  leave out from ‘union’s’ to ‘such’ and insert ‘data

 

controller’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

115

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  line  4,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

Has the right to make a reasonable request to any employer for

 

information that the assurer considers necessary for the performance of

 

the assurer’s functions.’.


 
 

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and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

117

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  line  4,  at end add—

 

‘(cc)    

where this does not conflict with the union’s responsibilities as set down

 

by the Information Commissioner.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

119

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  line  25,  at beginning insert—

 

‘(za)    

to comply with duties owed by him under the Data Protection Act 1998,

 

and’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

118

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  line  28,  leave out ‘all reasonable steps’ and insert ‘all steps

 

necessary’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

120

 

Clause  37,  page  41,  leave out lines 34 to 39.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

125

 

Clause  38,  page  42,  line  11,  leave out ‘, or a branch or section of a trade union’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

124

 

Clause  38,  page  42,  line  16,  leave out ‘, or a branch or section of a trade union’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 9 September 2013            

683

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

123

 

Clause  38,  page  42,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Certification Officer must ensure there is no conflict of interest with the

 

appointment of any “authorised person” as stated in (1)(b).’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

122

 

Clause  38,  page  42,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

The names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers held by

 

relevant employers to allow cross-referencing of trade union members

 

with the sole purpose of completing a membership audit, on request from

 

the Certification Officer to complete an investigation.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

129

 

Clause  38,  page  43,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Certification Officer must ensure there is no conflict of interest with the

 

appointment of any inspector(s) under section 24ZI(1).’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

126

 

Clause  38,  page  43,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

The names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers held by

 

relevant employers to allow cross-referencing of trade union members

 

with the sole purpose of completing a membership audit, on request from

 

the Certification Officer to complete an investigation.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

128

 

Clause  38,  page  43,  line  40,  leave out ‘reasonable steps’ and insert ‘steps

 

necessary’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 9 September 2013            

684

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

127

 

Clause  38,  page  44,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Breaches of confidentiality should disqualify an inspector from conducting

 

further investigations.’.

 


 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

130

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The declaration should be disclosed to the trade union prior to making

 

observations under section 24B(2). The Certification Officer must—

 

(a)    

specify the provisions with which he considers the trade union may have

 

failed to comply and give preliminary written reasons for that view which

 

are sufficient to enable the trade union to know the case it has to meet and

 

to enable it to make representations to him; and

 

(b)    

disclose to the union any inspector’s report under section 24ZI in

 

sufficient time for it to address that report in any written

 

representations.’.

 


 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

73

 

Clause  40,  page  47,  line  34,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

that the Electoral Commission must lay before Parliament—

 

(i)    

full cost projections of the impact of Part 2 on their running

 

costs;

 

(ii)    

their assessment of the administrative impact on third parties

 

    

within one month of Royal Assent.’.

 


 

John McDonnell

 

153

 

Clause  41,  page  48,  line  3,  leave out ‘except as mentioned in subsection (3)(c)’ and

 

insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Minister may not make an order bringing into force Part 3 of this Act unless

 

the Certification Officer has ruled on a complaint about the accuracy of the

 

register of names of a particular trade union and has recommended that Part 3 of


 
 

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this Act should apply in relation to that union; and any such order bringing Part 3

 

into force shall apply it only to that union.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

154

 

Clause  41,  page  48,  line  3,  leave out ‘except as mentioned in subsection (3)(c)’ and

 

insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Minister may not make an order bringing into force Part 3 of this Act unless

 

the Certification Officer has investigated the current operation of the existing

 

legislation regarding registers of members of trade unions and has recommended

 

that Part 3 of this Act be brought into force.’.

 

John McDonnell

 

155

 

Clause  41,  page  48,  line  12,  leave out paragraph (c).

 


 

REMAINING NEW CLAUSES

 

Review of potential for conflicts of interest

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Within one month of the passing of this Act, the Secretary of State shall instruct

 

the Committee for Standards in Public Life to carry out a review into the potential

 

for conflicts of interest arising from the movement of individuals between

 

positions of public office and jobs in the private sector, in either direction.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall cover but not be limited to the following—

 

(a)    

benefits of such movement including understanding, communication and

 

sharing of expertise between public officials and business and the third

 

sector,

 

(b)    

risks that government officials will be influenced in their policy or

 

procurement decisions by the interests of past or prospective employers,

 

(c)    

whether conflicts of interest arise particularly for individuals in

 

government who have responsibilities to regulate business activity or

 

who are charged with procuring,

 

(d)    

the impact of such movements on public perceptions of government and

 

Parliament,

 

(e)    

the functioning of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

 

(ACoBA) including—

 

(i)    

resources and powers to regulate the post-public employment of

 

former Ministers and public servants,

 

(ii)    

the process of assessing potential risk areas,

 

(iii)    

whether rulings issued by ACoBA or a future body carrying out

 

a similar function should be mandatory,

 

(iv)    

whether the period during which former Ministers and crown

 

servants must undergo scrutiny for appointments in the private

 

sector should be extended,


 
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