Political Parties Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Orders and regulations.     142. - (1) Any power of the Secretary of State to make any order or regulations under this Act shall be exercised by statutory instrument.
      (2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a statutory instrument containing any order or regulations made under this Act by the Secretary of State shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
      (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to-
    (a) any order under section 14(6) or 147(2) or paragraph 13(7) of Schedule 1; or
    (b) any order made in pursuance of section 141(2)(a).
      (4) Subsection (2) also does not apply to any order under-
    (a) section 60(1),
    (b) section 95(4),
    (c) section 101(3),
    (d) section 102(6),
    (e) paragraph 7 of Schedule 7 or paragraph 7 of Schedule 12, or
    (f) paragraph 3 of Schedule 13;
  and no such order shall be made (whether alone or with other provisions) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.
      (5) Any order or regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act may-
    (a) contain such consequential, incidental, supplementary or transitional provisions or savings (including provisions amending, repealing or revoking enactments) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate; and
    (b) make different provision for different cases.
      (6) Paragraphs 20 to 22 of Schedule 1 contain provisions relating to regulations made by the Commission.
Documents for purposes of the Act.     143. - (1) Any application, notice or notification required or authorised to be made or given under this Act must be in writing.
      (2) Any document required or authorised to be given or sent under this Act may be sent by post.
Minor and consequential amendments, repeals and savings.     144. - (1) The minor and consequential amendments specified in Schedule 20 shall have effect.
      (2) The enactments specified in Schedule 21 are repealed to the extent specified.
      (3) However, none of the repeals of provisions of Part II or III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (election campaigns and legal proceedings in respect of elections) have effect in relation to local government elections in Scotland.
      (4) Any order made under section 3(1)(f) of the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998 and in force immediately before the appointed day for the purposes of Part II of this Act shall continue in force as from that day as if made under section 24(2)(f) of this Act.
Financial provisions.     145.-(1) here shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-
    (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act; and
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.
      (2) There shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund any increase attributable to this Act in the sums to be charged on and paid out of that Fund under any other Act.
General interpretation.     146. - (1) In this Act-
    "accounting unit" and "party with accounting units" shall be construed in accordance with section 22(10);
    "bequest" includes any form of testamentary disposition;
    "broadcaster" has the meaning given by section 32(2);
    "central organisation", in relation to a registered party, shall be construed in accordance with section 22(10);
    "the Commission" means the Electoral Commission;
    "document" means a document in whatever form it is kept;
    "enactment" includes-
      (a) any provision of an Act (including this Act),
      (b) any provision of or of any instrument made under Northern Ireland legislation, and
      (c) any provision of subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978);
    "local election", in relation to Northern Ireland, means a local election within the meaning of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962;
    "local government election" means a local government election within the meaning of section 191, 203 or 204 of the Representation of the People Act 1983;
    "market value", in relation to any property, means the price which might reasonably be expected to paid for the property on a sale in the open market;
    "modifications" includes additions, omissions and amendments;
    "organisation" includes any body corporate and any combination of persons or other unincorporated association;
    "property" includes any description of property, and references to the provision of property accordingly include the supply of goods;
    "qualified auditor" means (subject to subsection (2)) a person who is, in accordance with section 25 of the Companies Act 1989 or Article 28 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (eligibility for appointment), eligible for appointment as a company auditor;
    "record" means a record in whatever form it is kept;
    "registered party" means a party registered under Part II of this Act;
    "treasurer", in relation to a registered party, means registered treasurer.
      (2) A person is not a qualified auditor in relation to any registered party or any other body or individual if he is-
    (a) a member of the party or body or the individual himself, or
    (b) an officer or employee of the party, body or individual.
  For this purpose "officer or employee" does not include an auditor.
      (3) References in this Act to a person standing for election in the name of a registered party shall be construed in accordance with section 19(4).
      (4) References in this Act to conditions, in the context of grants being made subject to conditions, include conditions requiring repayment of the grants in specified circumstances.
Short title, commencement and extent.     147. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
      (2) Apart from the provisions mentioned in subsection (3), this Act does not come into force until such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be so appointed for different purposes.
      (3) The provisions referred to in subsection (2) are-
    (a) sections 1 to 3 and Schedules 1 and 2,
    (b) sections 142, 145 and 146,
    (c) this section, and
    (d) any other provision so far as it confers power to make an order or regulations.
      (4) An order under subsection (2) may contain such transitional provisions and savings (including provisions modifying enactments) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.
      (5) Such an order may, in particular, make provision as respects the operation of any financial limit imposed by any provision of this Act in cases where a period in relation to which any such limit is imposed would otherwise begin at a time before the commencement of that provision of this Act.
      (6) Subject to subsections (7) and (8), this Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
      (7) Part IX and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 11 extend to England, Wales and Scotland.
      (8) Subject to any express limitation contained in this Act, the extent of any amendment or repeal made by this Act is the same as that of the enactment amended or repealed.
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