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

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Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     38,     line     19     [Clause     59],     leave out 'so'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     38,     line     19     [Clause     59],     at end insert—

    '(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2) a return under section 55 makes a nil return if it contains such a statement as is mentioned in subsection (9) of that section; and in the case of such a report the declaration must state that, to the best of the treasurer's knowledge and belief—

      (a) that statement is accurate; and

      (b) during the reporting period no donations from any person or body other than a permissible donor has been accepted by the party.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     40,     line     2     [Clause     62],     after '6' insert '(a) or (c)'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     40,     line     5     [Clause     62],     at end insert 'and (in the case of a donation falling within sub-paragraph (1A) of that paragraph) the details given in pursuance of that sub-paragraph.'.

   

Sir George Young

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Nigel Evans

Mr Dominic Grieve

Mr Robert Walter

Mr William Ross
The Rev. Martin Symth

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Page     40,     line     15,     leave out Clause 63.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     40,     line     18     [Clause     63],     leave out 'a' and insert 'each'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

169

Page     40,     line     18     [Clause     63],     after 'party', insert 'with its Headquarters and/or registered office in Northern Ireland.'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

170

Page     40,     line     19     [Clause     63],     leave out 'such period as is specified' and insert 'a period of one year'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

171

Page     40,     line     23,     [Clause     63],     leave out 'such period as is specified' and insert 'a period of one year'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

166

Page     40,     line     25     [Clause     63],     at end add—

    '(1A) The Secretary of State may by order further extend the periods laid down under subsections (1)(a)(ii) and (1)(b)(ii) above, but no further period of extension shall be for more than one year and there may be no more than two such further extensions.'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

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Page     40,     line     26     [Clause     63],     at end add 'a party which has its headquarters, UK headquarters or registered office in Northern Ireland which is.'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

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Page     40,     line     27     [Clause     63],     leave out 'one' and insert 'six'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

172

Page     40,     line     29     [Clause     63],     leave out 'one' and insert 'four'.

   

Mr William Ross
Reverend Martin Smyth

173

Page     40,     line     30     [Clause     63],     after 'Commons' insert 'who have taken the oath or made the affirmation and are'.

   

Mr Martin Linton

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Page     40,     line     33      [Clause     63],      at end add—

    '(4) The Secretary of State shall not make an order under subsection (1) (b) above unless the following conditions are satisfied—

      (a) a draft of the order has been submitted to the Electoral Commission; and

      (b) the Commission has stated that, in its opinion, the contents of the draft order are compatible with the effective enforcement in individual cases of the provisions of section 54 relating to evasion of restrictions on donations.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     111,     line     29     [Schedule     6],     leave out 'sub-paragraph (3)' and insert 'this Schedule'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     114,     line     7     [Schedule     6],     leave out 'falling within section 48(2)'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     114,     line     11     [Schedule     6],     leave out sub-paragraph (2).

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     114,     line     45     [Schedule     6],     at end insert—

'Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors

    5A.—(1) The following provisions have effect for the purposes of this Schedule.

    (2) Any payment out of public funds received by a regulated donee which is a members association, for its use and benefit in connection with any of its political activities, shall be regarded as a controlled donation received by the association from a permissible donor.

    (3) Any donation received by a regulated donee shall (if it would not otherwise fall to be so regarded) be regarded as a controlled donation received by the donee from a permissible donor if and to the extent that—

      (a) the purpose of the donation is to meet qualifying costs incurred or to be incurred in connection with any visit—

          (i) by the donee in connection with any of the donee's political activities, or

          (ii) in the case of a members association, by any member or officer of the association in connection with any of its political activities,

      to a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, and

      (b) the amount of the donation does not exceed a reasonable amount in respect of such costs.

    (4) In sub-paragraph (3) "qualifying costs", in relation to the donee or (as the case may be) any member or officer of the donee, means costs relating to that person in respect of—

      (a) travelling between the United Kingdom and the country or territory in question; or

      (b) travelling, accommodation or subsistence while within that country or territory.

    (5) Any controlled donation received by a regulated donee from a trustee of any property (in his capacity as such) which does not constitute a donation transmitted by the trustee to the donee—

      (a) on behalf of a person who, at the time of its receipt by the donee, is a permissible donor, or

      (b) in pursuance of a bequest made by such a person as is mentioned in section 48(3),

    shall be regarded as a controlled donation received by the donee from a person who is not a permissible donor.'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     114,     line     47     [Schedule     6],     at end insert 'regulated donee and any'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

102

Page     114,     line     49     [Schedule     6],     after first 'a' insert 'registered party and any'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     115,     line     46     [Schedule     6],     after 'paragraph;' insert—

      '(aa) any reference to section (Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors)(2) or to section (Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors)(3) shall be construed as a reference to paragraph 5A(2) above or to paragraph 5A(3) above respectively;'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     115,     line     48     [Schedule     6],     at end insert—

    '(6) In the case of a donation to which paragraph 5A(2) applies, sub-paragraph (2)(b) above shall have effect as if for "by the same permissible donor" there were substituted "in circumstances falling within paragraph 5A(2)".

    (7) In the case of a donation to which paragraph 5A(3) applies—

      (a) sub-paragraph (2)(b) above shall have effect as if for "by the same permissible donor" there were substituted "in circumstances falling within paragraph 5A(3) by the same donor"; and

      (b) any report prepared by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) above in respect of the donation must give—

          (i) the date or dates on or between which the visit to which the donation relates took place, and

          (ii) the destination and purpose of the visit.'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     118,     line     28     [Schedule     6],     leave out 'or 9(3)' and insert ', 9(3) or 9(4)'.


   

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

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Page     120,     line     30     [Schedule     7 ],     at end add—

      '(f) any legal or other professional expenses incurred in respect of, or in connection with, any requirement in this Act.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     42,     line     17     [Clause     66],     leave out '£100' and insert '£200'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     43,     line     27     [Clause     67],     leave out from 'if' to 'he' in line 31.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     43,     line     32     [Clause     67],     leave out 'that subsection' and insert 'subsection (3)'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     44,     line     10     [Clause     68],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     44,     line     29     [Clause     69],     after 'if', insert 'without reasonable excuse'.

 
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