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Committee of the whole House: 10 September 2013            

696

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

72

 

Clause  33,  page  33,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

that the Commission are satisfied that controlled expenditure incurred by

 

or on behalf of a recognised third party in any relevant part or parts of the

 

United Kingdom does not exceed the limits in Clause 27, subsection

 

(1).’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

Andrew George

 

147

 

 

Page  32,  line  6,  leave out Clause 33.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

148

 

Page  35,  line  31,  leave out Clause 34.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

Andrew George

 

149

 

Page  37,  line  10,  leave out Clause 35.

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 10 September 2013            

697

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Charity or non-party campaigning

 

John Thurso

 

Stephen Lloyd

 

Mark Durkan

 

Paul Burstow

 

Tim Farron

 

John Cryer

 

Greg Mulholland

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Annette Brooke

 

John Pugh

 

Mr Mark Williams

 

Andrew George

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in Part 2 of this Act shall limit the capacity of a charity or non-party

 

campaigning organisation to comment on public policy in so far as it does not

 

seek to influence the outcome of an election in so doing.’.

 


 

Expenditure within third party groups

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Chris White

 

Andrew George

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

Kate Hoey

 

John Mann

 

Greg Mulholland

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (controls

 

relating to third party national election campaigns) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After section 87 insert—

 

“87A  

Expenditure within third party groups

 

(1)    

For the purposes of this Part, third parties which have formed part of a

 

group of third parties (“a group”), for the purposes of undertaking

 

activities to influence the outcome of an election, have only a duty to

 

account to the regulator for expenditure that the third party has incurred

 

for election purposes, as defined in section 85(3), and not for expenditure

 

by the group or groups of which they have formed part.

 

(2)    

Each group shall designate a person or persons responsible for reporting

 

to the regulator expenditure by the group incurred for election purposes.


 
 

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(3)    

A donation by a third party to a group for the purposes of undertaking

 

activities to influence the outcome of an election shall count towards the

 

expenditure limits established in section 94 and Schedule 10.”.’.

 


 

Impact of Part 2 on elections and referendums in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Within two months of the day on which this Act receives Royal Asssent, the

 

Electoral Commission and the Minister shall lay a report before both Houses of

 

Parliament containing—

 

(a)    

an assessment of the separate and specific impacts of Part 2 of this Act

 

on third-party engagement in elections to the Scottish Parliament, the

 

National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly, and to

 

the House of Commons in respect of constituencies in Scotland, Wales

 

and Northern Ireland; and

 

(b)    

an assessment of the impact of Part 2 of the Act on referendums held or

 

to be held in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.’.

 


 

Assessment of effect of third party campaigning on UK elections

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Andrew George

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Within 12 months of the passing of this Act, the Secretary of State must set out a

 

report that includes his assessment of the effect that the actions of third party

 

campaigning has had at elections in the UK, which shall include—

 

(a)    

an assessment of the impact of third party national election campaigns as

 

regulated by Part IV of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums

 

Act 2000,

 

(b)    

the impact of any other third party campaigns which in his opinion have

 

had an impact on elections,

 

(c)    

evidence of public opinion on the benefits and adverse impacts of third

 

party activity at election time, and

 

(d)    

an assessment of the exisiting controls on third party campaigning at

 

elections in the UK, and how these compare to other countries.

 

(2)    

In drawing up the report under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must

 

consult—


 
 

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(a)    

the Electoral Commission,

 

(b)    

the Charities Commission,

 

(c)    

the Governments of the devolved nations,

 

(d)    

political parties,

 

(e)    

such persons or organisations who campaign to affect policies or politics,

 

(f)    

such persons who may publish opinions, whether on paper or

 

electronically, that may be intended to influence policies or politics, and

 

(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.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 10 September 2013            

700

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

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).’.

 


 

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.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 10 September 2013            

701

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

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.’.

 

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

 

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’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 10 September 2013            

702

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

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.’.

 

Ian Murray

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Angela Smith

 

Thomas Docherty

 

117

 

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

 

‘(c)    

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’.


 
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