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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 6th November 2008

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill Committee 43-70

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Political Parties and Elections Bill

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

104

 

Clause  10,  page  9,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

The date of commencement of this section shall be determined by affirmative

 

resolution and shall not be earlier than the end of a three month consultation

 

period following the publication of the relevant guidelines by the Electoral

 

Commission.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

105

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  8,  at end insert ‘and the registered heads of the three largest

 

nominating parties at that time shall be required to make such a nomination.’.

 

Mr David Kidney

 

106

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

The registration by a Member of Parliament of receipt of a donation or other

 

benefit within the terms of the 2000 Act in the Register of Members’ Interests

 

shall be sufficient compliance with the requirement for registration of the same

 

with the Commission and registration of such receipt with the Commission shall

 

be sufficient to meet requirement for registration in the Register of Members’

 

Interests.

 

(5)    

The Registrar of Members’ Interests and the Commission shall put in place

 

arrangements for the sharing of such information as enables them to give effect

 

to subsection (4).’.


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

107

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  43,  leave out from ‘notice’ to end of line 5 on page 25 and

 

insert ‘at any point during a period of 28 days from receipt of that notice.’.

 

David Howarth

 

108

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

If a nominating party as mentioned in subsection (3) fails to put forward two

 

persons to be considered for appointment as a nominated commissioner when

 

requested to do so, the next largest party at the time shall be treated for the

 

purpose of the particular appointment, and for the purposes of this subsection, as

 

one of the three largest nominating parties.’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

109

 

Page  3,  line  32,  leave out Clause 5.

 

Pete Wishart

 

110

 

Page  4,  line  39,  leave out Clause 6.

 

Pete Wishart

 

111

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(6A)    

A nominated Commissioner may not participate, deliberate or adjudicate in any

 

enforcement action or procedure involving, whether directly or otherwise, the

 

party whose registered leader put forward the Commissioner’s appointment.’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

112

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  39,  leave out ‘Four’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

113

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  40,  leave out from ‘(1)’ to ‘the’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

114

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  41,  after ‘party’, insert ‘shall’, and after ‘forward’, insert ‘a

 

person’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

115

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  6,  leave out ‘three of the’.

 

Pete Wishart

 

116

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  7,  leave out ‘three largest’ and insert ‘qualifying’.


 
 

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Pete Wishart

 

117

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  22,  leave out subsection (7).

 

Martin Linton

 

118

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  43,  at begining insert ‘Subject to subsection (1A),’.

 

Martin Linton

 

119

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  43,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A person does not commit an offence if, in the opinion of the Commission, the

 

person had no intention of withholding or failing to provide information for the

 

purposes of fulfilling any duty or obligation under this Act.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

120

 

Page  5,  line  39,  leave out Clause 8.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

121

 

Page  34,  line  1,  leave out Schedule 3.

 

Mr Michael Wills

 

122

 

Schedule  1,  page  14,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

         

‘This is subject to paragraph 2(6).’.

 

Mr Michael Wills

 

123

 

Schedule  1,  page  14,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(6)  

The power conferred by paragraph 1(5) may not be used to enter premises and

 

inspect documents for the purposes of an investigation by the Commission of

 

the suspected offence or contravention.’.

 

Mr Michael Wills

 

124

 

Schedule  1,  page  15,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘Authorisation of application for warrant under paragraph 3

 

    (1)  

An application for a warrant under paragraph 3 may not be made without the

 

written authorisation of—

 

(a)    

the chief executive of the Commission, or

 

(b)    

where the office of chief executive is vacant or the chief executive is

 

absent or unable to act, a member of the staff of the Commission who

 

has previously been designated by the chief executive for the purposes

 

of this paragraph and whose designation is still in force.

 

      (2)  

A person may be designated under sub-paragraph (1)(b) only if the chief

 

executive considers the person to be suitable having regard to the person’s

 

experience and level of seniority as a member of the staff of the Commission.’.


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Michael Wills

 

125

 

Schedule  1,  page  19,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘Guidance by Commission

 

    (1)  

The Commission shall prepare and publish guidance as to—

 

(a)    

the circumstances in which the Commission are likely to give a notice

 

under paragraph 1 or 2(2);

 

(b)    

the consequences (including criminal sanctions) that may result from

 

a failure to comply with such a notice;

 

(c)    

the circumstances in which the Commission are likely to exercise their

 

power under paragraph 1(5);

 

(d)    

the procedures to be followed in connection with questioning under

 

paragraph 2(4);

 

(e)    

the circumstances in which the Commission are likely to apply for a

 

warrant under paragraph 3;

 

(f)    

the principles and practices to be applied in connection with taking

 

possession of, or taking other steps in relation to, documents that

 

appear to be ones to which paragraph 3(2) applies;

 

(g)    

the principles and practices to be applied in connection with the

 

exercise of powers under paragraphs 4 and 5;

 

(h)    

any other matters concerning the exercise of powers under this

 

Schedule about which the Commission consider that guidance would

 

be useful.

 

      (2)  

Where appropriate, the Commission shall revise guidance published under this

 

paragraph and publish the revised guidance.

 

      (3)  

The Commission shall consult such persons as they consider appropriate

 

before publishing guidance or revised guidance under this paragraph.

 

      (4)  

The Commission shall have regard to the guidance or revised guidance

 

published under this paragraph in exercising their functions.’.

 

Mr Michael Wills

 

126

 

Schedule  1,  page  19,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘Information about use of investigatory powers in Commission’s annual report

 

    (1)  

Each report by the Commission under paragraph 20 of Schedule 1 shall contain

 

information about the use made by the Commission of their powers under this

 

Schedule during the year in question.

 

      (2)  

The report shall, in particular, specify—

 

(a)    

the cases in which a notice was given under paragraph 1 or 2(2);

 

(b)    

the cases in which premises were entered under paragraph 1(5);

 

(c)    

the cases in which a requirement was imposed under paragraph 2(4);

 

(d)    

the cases in which a warrant under paragraph 3—

 

(i)    

was applied for;

 

(ii)    

was issued;

 

(iii)    

was executed;

 

(e)    

in relation to each warrant under paragraph 3 that was executed—

 

(i)    

what force (if any) was used to enter the premises;

 

(ii)    

whether documents were seized;


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

(iii)    

any other noteworthy details.

 

      (3)  

This paragraph does not require the Commission to include in a report any

 

information that, in their opinion, it would be inappropriate to include on the

 

ground that to do so—

 

(a)    

would or might be unlawful, or

 

(b)    

might adversely affect any current investigation or proceedings.’.

 


 
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