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BILL

TO

Make provision for the disclosure of convictions and sentences etc. by
candidates for election to specified public roles; and for connected purposes.

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 Application of Section 2

(1) Section 2 shall apply to candidates standing for election to the role of—

(a) member of the House of Commons;

(b) hereditary member of the House of Lords;

(c) 5member of the Scottish Parliament;

(d) member of the National Assembly for Wales;

(e) member of the Northern Ireland Assembly;

(f) member of the European Parliament for a UK constituency;

(g) member of the Greater London Assembly;

(h) 10elected mayor, including Mayor of London;

(i) district, borough, county, county borough or unitary authority
councillor;

(j) parish or community councillor; or

(k) Police and Crime Commissioner.

(2) 15The Secretary of State may amend the list set out in subsection (1) by an order
subject to the negative resolution procedure.

(3) For the purposes of this Act, the roles mentioned in subsection (1) are exempt
from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

2 Disclosure of convictions and sentences by candidates

(1) 20A candidate for election to a role mentioned in subsection (1) shall submit a
statement disclosing his or her past convictions and sentences etc. to the
Returning Officer by the same deadline as nomination papers for the
candidacy are required.

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(2) A nomination for a candidacy for election for a role mentioned in subsection
(1) shall not be valid if not accompanied by a statement as mentioned in
subsection (1) which is compliant with subsection (3).

(3) The statement referred to in subsection (1) shall be identical in all respects to an
5Enhanced Disclosure with Lists check and include information about:

(a) convictions;

(b) spent convictions;

(c) cautions;

(d) consideration status;

(e) 10suitability information;

(f) prescribed court orders and sex offenders notification requirements;
and

(g) any other non-conviction information considered to be relevant by the
police or a relevant Government body.

3 15Offences: definition and sanction

(1) It shall be an offence for a person described in section 2(1) deliberately to
submit an inaccurate, incomplete, false or misleading statement under that
subsection.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) 20on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;
or

(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding
one year, or to a fine, or to both.

4 Orders and regulations

(1) 25Any power to make an order or regulations under this Act is exercisable by
statutory instrument.

(2) A statutory instrument containing an order or regulations under this Act is
subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of
Parliament.

5 30Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Representation of the People (Candidate’s
Disclosure) Act 2015.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of 3 months beginning with
the day on which it is passed.

(3) 35This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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