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

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Mr Secretary Straw


Page     45,     line     1     [Clause     70],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     45,     line     34     [Clause     70],     leave out first 'the' and insert 'any'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     45,     line     35     [Clause     70],     at end insert—

      '(za) in which is situated the office of the treasurer, deputy treasurer or (as the case may be) other authorised person to whom the claim is sent pursuant to subsection (1) or;'.


Mr Andrew Stunell
Mr Malcolm Bruce


Page     123,     line     43     [Schedule 8],     at end add—

    '(6) Where a party has an "approved federal structure" any reference to any national spending limits or accounting limits contained in Part V and Part VII Chapter II shall be deemed to be divided into two equal parts, with one part allocated to the "Federal Party" and the second part allocated to the "other approved parties"; each of the other approved parties shall have as its relevant expenditure and accounting limits that proportion of the second part of such limit as the number of parliamentary constituencies within the geographical area covered by that party bears to the total number of constituencies within the United Kingdom.'.


Mr Martin Linton


Page     124,     line     9,      [Schedule     8],     leave out '30,000' and insert '22,500'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     48,     line     38     [Clause     75],     after 'if,' insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     51,     line     5     [Clause     79],     leave out '£100' and insert '£200'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     52,     line     18     [Clause     81],     leave out from 'which' to 'complies' in line 24.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     52,     line     25     [Clause     81],     at end insert—

    '(1A) A third party may only give a notification under subsection (1) if—

      (a) an individual,

      (b) a company falling within section 48(2)(b), or

      (c) an unincorporated association of such a description as is mentioned in section 48(2)(f).'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     53,     line     4     [Clause     81],     after 'shall' insert ', subject to subsection (3A),'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     53,     line     7     [Clause     81],     at end insert—

    '(3A) Where—

      (a) the original notification would apart from this subsection lapse under subsection (3)(b) at the end of any such period of three months as is mentioned in that provision, but

      (b) the end of that period falls within any regulated period at the end of which a return will fall to be prepared under section 89 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during the regulated period,

    the original notification shall be treated, for all purposes connected with controlled expenditure so incurred during the regulated period, as lapsing at the end of that period instead.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     53,     line     13     [Clause     81],     leave out from 'statement' to 'subsection' in line 16 and insert 'conforming with'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     53,     line     26     [Clause     81],     leave out 'subsection (1)(a) or (b) or (as the case may be)'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     54,     line     9     [Clause     83],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     54,     line     27     [Clause     84],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     54,     line     29     [Clause     84],     leave out ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     54,     line     40     [Clause     85],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     56,     line     2     [Clause     87],     leave out ', in connection with relevant elections falling within section 72(1),'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     56,     line     21     [Clause     87],     leave out 'relevant'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     56,     line     38     [Clause     87],     leave out 'section and sections 89 and 90' and insert 'Chapter'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     56,     line     40     [Clause     87],     after '9;', insert—

      '(aa) any reference to controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period includes any controlled expenditure so incurred during that period at any time before the third party became a recognised third party;'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     56     [Clause     87],     leave out line 43 and insert 'is incurred in that part; and

      (c) any reference to controlled expenditure being incurred in a part of the United Kingdom shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 2 of that Schedule.'.


Mr Frank Field


Page     132     [Schedule     9],     leave out lines 14 to 21 and insert 'the period between the date on which Parliament is dissolved and the date of the poll for the election.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     140,     line     5     [Schedule     10],     leave out ', in his capacity as such, shall be regarded as a' and insert 'of any property (in his capacity as such) which does not constitute a donation transmitted by the trustee to the recognised third party—

      (a) on behalf of a person who, at the time of its receipt by the recognised third party, is a permissible donor falling within section 48(2), or

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

    shall be regarded as a relevant'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     140,     line     6     [Schedule     10],     leave out 'a permissible donor falling with section 48(2)' and insert 'such a permissible donor'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     140,     line     37     [Schedule     10],     at end insert 'recognised third party and any'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     140,     line     38     [Schedule     10],     at end insert 'registered party and any'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     57,     line     42     [Clause     89],     at end insert—

    '(4A) Subsections (2) to (4) do not apply to any controlled expenditure incurred at any time during the regulated period before the third party became a recognised third party, but the return must be accompanied by a declaration made by the responsible person of the total amount of such expenditure incurred at any such time.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     57,     line     44     [Clause     89],     at end insert—

    '(5A) Where subsection (1)(a) applies in relation to a recognised third party and any regulated period—

      (a) the requirements as to the preparation of a return under this section in respect of controlled expenditure falling within subsection (1)(a) shall have effect in relation to the third party despite the third party ceasing to be a recognised third party at or after the end of the regulated period by virtue of the lapse of the third party's notification under section 81(1); and

      (b) for the purposes of, or in connection with, the discharge of obligations of the responsible person under this section and sections 91 and 92 in relation to any such return, references to the responsible person shall be read as references to the person who was the responsible person in relation to the third party immediately before that notification lapsed.'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     58,     line     2     [Clause     89],     leave out '; and section 87(6) applies for the purposes of this section'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     58     [Clause     90],     leave out line 15.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     58,     line     34     [Clause     91],     after 'if', insert ', without reasonable excuse,'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     58,     line     42     [Clause     92],     after 'party', insert 'during a regulated period'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     59,     line     8     [Clause     92],     leave out 'relevant campaign' and insert 'regulated'.


Mr Secretary Straw


Page     59,     line     31     [Clause     93],     at end insert—

    '(1A) If the return contains a statement of relevant donations in accordance with section 89(2)(d), the Commission shall secure that the copy of the statement made available for public inspection does not include, in the case of any donation by an individual, the donor's address.'.

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