Amendments proposed to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Nigel Evans
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Robert Walter


*Page     82,     line     5     [Clause     130 ],     at end insert 'and in the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986'.


Mr Gerald Kaufman


*Page     84,     line     32     [Clause     132],     leave out '10' and insert '5'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     16     [Clause     134],     after 'or', insert 'other'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     26     [Clause     134],     leave out from 'records' to end of line 31 and insert—

    '(3A) Where any such records as are mentioned in subsection (1) or (3) are kept in electronic form, then—

      (a) the power of the Commission under subsection (1) to require any such records to be produced for inspection includes power to require a copy of the records to be made available for inspection in legible form (and subsection (2)(a) shall accordingly apply in relation to any copy so made available); and

      (b) the power of any person ("the inspector") under subsection (3) to inspect any such records includes power to require any person on the premises in question to give the inspector such assistance as he may reasonably require to enable him—

          (i) to inspect and make copies of the records in legible form or to make records of information contained in them, or

          (ii) to inspect and check the operation of any computer, and any associated apparatus or material, that is or has been in use in connection with the keeping of the records.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     37     [Clause     134],     after second 'to', insert—



Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     38     [Clause     134],     after 'donee)', insert 'or

      (b) a person who is (or has been) a candidate at an election (other than a local government election in Scotland) or the election agent for such a candidate,".


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     40     [Clause     134],     after '(2)', insert '(3A),'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     43     [Clause     134],     after 'obtaining', insert—



Mr Secretary Straw


Page     85,     line     47     [Clause     134],     at end insert 'or

      (b) such information or explanations relating to expenses incurred by or on behalf of candidates within paragraph (b) of that subsection as the Commission reasonably require for the purpose of monitoring compliance on the part of such candidates and their agents with the restrictions imposed by or by virtue of any enactment on the incurring of such expenses,

    as the case may be.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     86     [Clause     134],     leave out line 11 and insert 'or (in the case of such a party with accounting units) the central organisation of the party or any of its accounting units,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     169     [Schedule     19],     leave out lines 11 to 13.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     91,     line     14     [Clause     141],     leave out from 'Act' to 'be' in line 16 and insert ', and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any partner, he as well as the partnership shall'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     91,     line     20     [Clause     141],     leave out from 'Act' to first 'be' in line 27 and insert 'and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of—

      (a) any officer of the association, or

      (b) any member of the committee or other similar governing body of the association,

    he, as well as the association, shall'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     92,     line     16     [Clause     144],     at end insert—

      '(dd) section 122;'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     93,     line     27     [Clause     148],     at end insert—

    ' "functions" includes powers and duties;'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     173,     line     22     [Schedule     20],     leave out 'In section 3(8)(a) of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978' and insert—

    '(1) The European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 (as amended by the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999) is amended as follows.

    (2) In section 3(8)(a)'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     173,     line     25     [Schedule     20],     at end insert—

    '(3) In paragraph 2(3A)(a) of Schedule 1 (European Parliamentary elections), for "(including expenses incurred in relation to a general election as a whole)" substitute "of candidates".'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     173,     line     36     [Schedule     20],     at end insert—

    '(5) In Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules), at the end of rule 14 (publication of statement of persons nominated) insert—

            "(5) The returning officer shall send to the Electoral Commission—

            (a) a copy of the statement; and

            (b) in the case of each candidate standing nominated in respect of whom a certificate has been received by the returning officer in accordance with rule 6A above, a copy of that certificate as well." '.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     174,     line     37     [Schedule     20],     at end insert—

    '(2A) In section 11(2)(c) (power to make provision about elections) omit "and registered political parties".'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     175,     line     18     [Schedule     20],     leave out 'In section 5(9) of the Scotland Act 1998' and insert—

    '(1) The Scotland Act 1998 is amended as follows.

    (2) In section 5(9)'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     175,     line     20     [Schedule     20],     at end insert—

    '(3) In section 12(2)(c) (power to make provision about elections) omit "and registered political parties".'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     175,     line     34     [Schedule     20],     at end insert—

'Representation of the People Act 2000 (c.00)

    14.—(1) Section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 2000 (pilot schemes) is amended as follows.

    (2) After subsection (1) insert—

            "(1A) Subsection (1) applies to proposals falling within that subsection which are submitted by a relevant local authority jointly with the Electoral Commission as if in that subsection—

            (a) the first reference to any such authority in paragraph (a), and

            (b) the reference to the authority in paragraph (b)(ii),

            were each a reference to the authority and the Commission; and, in a case where any such proposals are not jointly so submitted, the Secretary of State must consult the Commission before making an order under that subsection."

    (3) In subsection (5)(a), after "the authority concerned" insert "and to the Electoral Commission".

    (4) In subsection (6), for "the authority concerned" substitute "the Electoral Commission".

    (5) After subsection (6) insert—

            "(6A) The report shall be prepared by the Electoral Commission in consultation with the authority concerned; and that authority shall provide the Commission with such assistance as they may reasonably require in connection with the preparation of the report (which may, in particular, include the making by the authority of arrangements for ascertaining the views of voters about the operation of the scheme)."

    (6) In subsection (7), after "The report shall" insert ", in particular,".

    (7) For subsection (10) substitute—

            "(10) Once the Electoral Commission have prepared the report, they shall send a copy of the report—

            (a) to the Secretary of State, and

            (b) to the authority concerned,

            and that authority shall publish the report in their area, in such manner as they think fit, by the end of the period of three months beginning with the date of the declaration of the result of the elections in question."

    15. In section 11 of that Act (revision of procedures in the light of pilot schemes), at the end of subsection (1) insert—

            "The power of the Secretary of State to make such an order shall, however, be exercisable only on a recommendation of the Electoral Commission." '.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     176,     column     3     [Schedule     21],     leave out lines 27 to 30.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     176,     line     31,     column     3     [Schedule     21],     leave out '152' and insert '153'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     177,     line     8     [Schedule     21],     at end insert—


'1998 c.38.


Government of Wales Act 1998.


In section 11(2)(c), the words "and registered political parties".


1998. c. 46.


Scotland Act 1998.


In section 12(2)(c), the words "and registered political parties".'.

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