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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 9 October 2013

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and


 

Trade Union Administration Bill


 

[SECOND Day]


 

SECOND DAY

 

NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 2

 

Commencement of Part 2

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Withdrawn  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Part 2 of this Act shall not come into force until the Electoral Commission and

 

the Minister have laid 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.’.

 


 

Cost and impact of Part 2

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘Within one month of Royal Assent, the Electoral Commission must lay before

 

Parliament—

 

(a)    

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

 

(b)    

their assessment of the administrative impact on third parties.’.

 


 

AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSE 26, SCHEDULE 3, CLAUSES 27 to 32, SCHEDULE 4, CLAUSES

 

33 TO 35, NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO PART 3

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  54

 

Page  12,  line  26,  leave out Clause 26.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  56

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  30,  leave out subsections (2), (3) and (4).

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  32

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  leave out lines 31 to 33 and insert ‘“where—

 

(a)    

the expenses fall within Part 1 of Schedule 8A, and

 

(b)    

the expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or

 

procure electoral success at any relevant election for—

 

(i)    

one or more particular registered parties,

 

(ii)    

one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not advocate)

 

particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular

 

category of such parties, or

 

(iii)    

candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions or who

 

advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who

 

otherwise fall within a particular category of candidates.”’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  33

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  34,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘( )    

Omit subsection (3).’.

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mr David Davis

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Andrew George

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Mr David Ward

 

Negatived on division  101

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  leave out line 37 to line 9 on page 13 and insert—


 
 

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“For election purposes” means activity which can reasonably be regarded as

 

intended for the primary purpose of—

 

(a)    

promoting or procuring electoral success at any relevant election

 

for—

 

(i)    

one or more particular registered parties;

 

(ii)    

one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not

 

advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall

 

within a particular category of such parties; or

 

(iii)    

candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions

 

or who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies

 

or who otherwise fall within a particular category of

 

candidates.’.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  57

 

Clause  26,  page  12,  line  37,  leave out ‘or in connection with’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  34

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  line  10,  leave out from ‘subsection (4)’ to ‘for’ and insert ‘—

 

(a)    

in the opening words, for “(3)” substitute “(2)(b)”;

 

(b)    

in paragraph (b)—

 

(i)    

for “paragraph (a) or (as the case may be) paragraph (b) of that

 

subsection” substitute “that provision”;

 

(ii)    

omit “or (as the case may be) by prejudicing the standing with

 

the electorate of other parties or candidates”;

 

(iii)    

at the end insert “and”;

 

(c)    

’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  35

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

After subsection (4) insert—

 

“(4A)    

In determining whether expenditure can reasonably be regarded as

 

intended to promote or procure electoral success as mentioned in

 

subsection (2)(b), it is immaterial that it can reasonably be regarded as

 

intended to achieve any other purpose as well.”’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  36

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In subsection (9), for “subsection (3)” substitute “that subsection”.’.


 
 

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and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  37

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(b)    

for “85(3)” substitute “85(2)(b)”.’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  38

 

Clause  26,  page  13,  line  28,  leave out from ‘material),’ to end of line 32 and insert

 

‘—

 

(a)    

in subsections (2A) and (2B)—

 

(i)    

for “, procuring or enhancing” substitute “or procuring”;

 

(ii)    

omit “or standing”;

 

(b)    

in subsection (11), for the definition of “election material” substitute—

 

““election material” has the meaning given by section 143A;”.

 

( )    

After section 143 of that Act insert—

 

“143A

 Meaning of “election material”

 

(1)    

“Election material” means material which can reasonably be regarded as

 

intended to promote or procure electoral success at any relevant election

 

for—

 

(a)    

one or more particular registered parties,

 

(b)    

one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not advocate)

 

particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular

 

category of such parties, or

 

(c)    

candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions or who

 

advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who

 

otherwise fall within a particular category of candidates.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

the reference to electoral success at any relevant election is a

 

reference—

 

(i)    

in relation to a registered party, to the return at any such

 

election of candidates standing in the name of the party

 

or included in a list of candidates submitted by the party

 

in connection with the election, and

 

(ii)    

in relation to candidates, to their return at any such

 

election,

 

(b)    

the reference to doing any of the things mentioned in that

 

subsection includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral

 

prospects at the election of other parties or candidates, and

 

(c)    

a course of conduct may constitute the doing of one of those

 

things even though it does not involve any express mention being

 

made of the name of any party or candidate.

 

(3)    

In determining whether material can reasonably be regarded as intended

 

to promote or procure electoral success as mentioned in subsection (1), it

 

is immaterial that it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve

 

any other purpose as well.

 

(4)    

In this section—

 

“candidate” includes a future candidate, whether identifiable or not;


 
 

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“relevant election” has the same meaning as in Part 2 (see section 22(5)).”’.

 


 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  55

 

Page  56,  line  1,  leave out Schedule 3.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  39

 

Schedule  3,  page  56,  leave out lines 14 to 31 and insert—

 

      ‘()  

The production or publication of material which is made available to the public

 

at large or any section of the public (in whatever form and by whatever

 

means).’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  40

 

Schedule  3,  page  56,  leave out lines 32 and 33 and insert—

 

      ‘()  

Canvassing, or market research seeking views or information from, members

 

of the public.’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  41

 

Schedule  3,  page  56,  leave out lines 34 and 35 and insert—

 

      ‘()  

Press conferences, or other media events, organised by or on behalf of the third

 

party.’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  42

 

Schedule  3,  page  56,  line  37,  leave out ‘in connection with an election campaign’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  43

 

Schedule  3,  page  56,  line  40,  leave out from ‘transport’ to end of line 42.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  44

 

Schedule  3,  page  57,  leave out lines 1 to 3 and insert—

 

      ‘()  

Public rallies or other public meetings or events (other than annual conferences

 

of the third party).’.

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Agreed to  45

 

Schedule  3,  page  57,  line  9,  leave out paragraph 2.


 
 

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  58

 

Schedule  3,  page  57,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

in respect of the remuneration or allowances payable to any member

 

of the staff (whether permanent or otherwise) of the third party.’.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Mr David Davis

 

Andrew George

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Negatived on division  102

 

Page  13,  line  37,  leave out Clause 27.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  59

 

Clause  27,  page  13,  line  38,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  60

 

Clause  27,  page  14,  line  10,  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

Subsections (1) and (2) may not come into force until such time as the Electoral

 

Commission has placed before Parliament a report on the impact of those

 

subsections on relative controlled expenditure by political parties and non-parties

 

in regulated periods’.’.

 


 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  61

 

Page  14,  line  11,  leave out Clause 28.


 
 

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Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning

 

and Trade Union Administration Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Not called  103

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  leave out lines 26 to 35 and insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Secretary of State may by order set limits applying to controlled expenditure

 

which is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in the relevant period

 

in any particular parliamentary constituency in England, Scotland, Wales and

 

Northern Ireland.

 

(2B)    

The Secretary of State may by order set limits applying to controlled expenditure

 

which is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in the post-

 

dissolution part of the relevant period in any particular parliamentary

 

constituency in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not called  105

 

Page  18,  line  25,  leave out Clause 29.

 


 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

Fabian Hamilton

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Not called  106

 

Page  23,  line  25,  leave out Clause 30.

 

Wayne David

 

Angela Smith

 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  62

 

Clause  30,  page  23,  line  30,  leave out from beginning to end of line 35 and insert—

 

‘(5)    

If the Minister considers it appropriate to proceed with the making of an order

 

under section 155 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000,

 

the Minister must lay before Parliament—

 

(a)    

a draft of the Order, and

 

(b)    

an explanatory document explaining the proposals.

 

(6)    

Sections 15 to 19 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (choosing

 

between negative, affirmative and super-affirmative parliamentary procedure)

 

are to apply in relation to an explanatory document and draft order laid under

 

section 155 but as if references to section 14 of that Act were references to section

 

155.’.

 



 
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