Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (Repeal) Bill (HC Bill 40)

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Repeal the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade
Union Administration Act 2014.

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:—

1 Repeal

(1) The 2014 Act is repealed, subject to the savings contained in the Schedule.

(2) Any enactment amended by the repealed provisions shall be read as though
the repealed provisions had not been passed, subject to the savings contained
5in the Schedule.

(3) The reference in subsection (2) to an enactment amended includes an
enactment amended by repeal.

(4) In this Act, “the 2014 Act” means the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party
Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

2 10Contracts already entered

No offence is committed by a person complying with a contractual obligation
entered into prior to the coming into force of this Act, where compliance with
that contractual obligation would have been lawful if this Act had not been
passed.

3 15Extent

Any amendment or repeal made by this Act has the same extent as the
enactment amended or repealed.

4 Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party
20Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (Repeal) Act 2015.

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(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

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Section 1

Schedule Savings and consequential provisions

1 The following provisions of the 2014 Act are not repealed—

  • section 3; and

  • 5section 4.

2 (1) The following amendments made by the 2014 Act shall remain in force,
notwithstanding section 1(2)—

  • the amendment made by section 33, inserting section 95F, subsections
    (2) and (3), into the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act
    102000; and

  • the amendment made by 35, inserting section 100(4) and (5) into the
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, save that in
    section 100(4) for “this section” substitute “subsection (3)”.

(2) The provisions remaining in force by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) shall be
15construed in accordance with the Political Parties, Elections and
Referendums Act 2000 as it stood immediately before the passing of this Act.

3 The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists shall cease to exist on such date as the
Minister may by regulations made by statutory instrument appoint.

4 The regulations shall make provision—

(1) 20specifying the person to whom property, rights and liabilities of
the Registrar shall be transferred (which need not be the same
person);

(2) requiring the preparation of a statement of accounts in respect of
the last financial year of operation;

(3) 25reversing on the appointed date the effect of the amendments
made by paragraphs 11 to 13 of Schedule 2 of the 2014 Act; and

(4) repealing from the appointed date the provisions listed in
paragraph 1 of this Schedule.

5 In this Schedule—

  • 30“the Minister” means the Secretary of State or the Lord President of the
    Council;

  • “the regulations” means regulations made under paragraph 2;

  • “the regulations date” means the date upon which the regulations are
    made;

  • 35“the appointed date” means the date appointed under paragraph 2;

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  • “the last financial year of operation” means the period beginning with
    the 1 April preceding the regulations date and ending on the
    appointed date, and references in paragraph 9 of Schedule 2 of the
    2014 Act to “financial year” shall from the regulations date be
    5construed as references to the last financial year of operation.

6 Any statutory instrument containing the regulations is to be subject to
annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.