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Public Bill Committee: 11th November 2008                

116

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

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 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—


 
 

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(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;

 

(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.’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

Mr Denis MacShane

 

Martin Linton

 

Nick Ainger

 

14

 

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

 

‘13      

The Commission shall lay before Parliament, on a quarterly basis, reports

 

specifying how it has exercised its powers under this Schedule.’.

 


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

85

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Secretary of State, after consulting the Electoral Commission, shall make an

 

order that specifies what discretionary requirements may be imposed by the

 

Electoral Commission under Part 2 of Schedule 19B.’.

 

Nick Ainger

 

133

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  31,  column  2,  leave out from beginning to end of line 37

 

and insert ‘A fine of £1,000.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

82

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  33,  leave out ‘£20,000’ and insert ‘statutory maximum’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

83

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  35,  leave out ‘£20,000’ and insert ‘statutory maximum’.


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

84

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  9,  leave out from ‘Parliament’ to end of line 10.

 


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

31

 

Schedule  2,  page  19,  line  17,  leave out subsection (b).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

32

 

Schedule  2,  page  19,  line  24,  leave out subsection (b).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

33

 

Schedule  2,  page  19,  line  31,  leave out subsection (b).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

34

 

Schedule  2,  page  19,  line  38,  leave out subsection (b).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

35

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  3,  at end insert ‘within 28 days of receipt of the notice

 

under paragraph 2(4).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

36

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  20,  at end insert ‘within the period specified under

 

paragraph 3(2)(a).’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

Mr Denis MacShane

 

Nick Ainger

 

1

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  25,  at end insert ‘and may by notice require the

 

Commission to withdraw the notice and pursue the matter as a criminal offence under the

 

relevant provisions.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

37

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  25,  at end insert ‘at any point during the period specified

 

in paragraph 3(2).’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 11th November 2008                

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

64

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  31,  leave out sub-paragraph (5).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

65

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  38,  leave out from ‘penalty’ to end of line 43 and insert

 

‘at any point within 28 days of receipt of the notice under paragraph 2(4).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

66

 

Schedule  2,  page  20,  line  44,  leave out ‘a county court’ and insert ‘the High Court’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

67

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  5,  leave out ‘effect of’ and insert ‘ability to discharge a

 

person’s liability by’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

68

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  6,  at end insert ‘provided payment is received within the

 

period specified in paragraph 3(2)(a).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

69

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  11,  after first ‘the’, insert ‘date of commencement of the’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

70

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  13,  after ‘the’, insert ‘date of commencement of the’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

71

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  25,  leave out paragraph 4.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

72

 

Schedule  2,  page  21,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(3)  

Nothing in this paragraph prevents any criminal proceedings being taken for

 

any other offence under this Act or any other Act.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 11th November 2008                

120

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

73

 

Schedule  2,  page  22,  line  4,  leave out from first ‘by’ to ‘this’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

74

 

Schedule  2,  page  22,  line  11,  leave out from first ‘by’ to ‘this’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

75

 

Schedule  2,  page  22,  line  18,  leave out from first ‘by’ to ‘this’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

76

 

Schedule  2,  page  22,  line  25,  leave out from first ‘by’ to ‘this’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

77

 

Schedule  2,  page  22,  line  26,  leave out from ‘requirement’ to end of line 39 and

 

insert ‘such requirements as specified by virtue of section 147(1A).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

78

 

Schedule  2,  page  23,  line  16,  at end insert ‘at any point during the period specified

 

in paragraph 7(2).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

40

 

Schedule  2,  page  23,  line  24,  leave out sub-paragraph (4).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

41

 

Schedule  2,  page  23,  line  31,  after ‘person’, insert ‘immediately’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

42

 

Schedule  2,  page  23,  line  32,  after ‘is’, insert ‘, how it is to be complied with, and

 

the exact time period in which compliance must occur.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

43

 

Schedule  2,  page  23,  line  34,  leave out from ‘requirement’ to end of line 43 and

 

insert ‘at any point within 28 days of receipt of the notice under paragraph 6(5)’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 11th November 2008                

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

44

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  8,  after ‘the’, insert ‘date of commencement of the’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

45

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  19,  leave out sub-sub-sub-paragraph 7(3)(b)(iii).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

46

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  24,  leave out paragraph 8.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

47

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

Nothing in this paragraph prevents any criminal proceedings being taken for any

 

other offence under this Act or any other Act.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

48

 

Schedule  2,  page  24,  line  39,  leave out sub-paragraph 9(2).

 

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.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

50

 

Schedule  2,  page  25,  line  6,  leave out ‘a county court’ and insert ‘the High Court’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

51

 

Schedule  2,  page  25,  line  8,  leave out Part 3.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

52

 

Schedule  2,  page  26,  line  31,  after ‘may’, insert ‘, on an application by that person

 

or by decision of the Commission.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

53

 

Schedule  2,  page  27,  line  40,  leave out paragraph 16.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 11th November 2008                

122

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

54

 

Schedule  2,  page  28,  line  4,  after ‘made)’, insert ‘, but such provision shall not be

 

more punitive than any provided for under this Act.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

55

 

Schedule  2,  page  28,  line  24,  leave out subsection (a).

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

56

 

Schedule  2,  page  29,  line  29,  leave out paragraph 20.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

57

 

Schedule  2,  page  31,  line  2,  leave out paragraph 24.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

59

 

Schedule  2,  page  32,  line  8,  at end insert ‘but such guidance will not be considered

 

as mandatory if in the reasonable opinion of the Commission it would be in the public

 

interest for them to exercise their functions otherwise than with regard to the guidance.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

58

 

Schedule  2,  page  32,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘(9)    

The Commission shall publish the guidance specified under this paragraph no

 

later than 28 days after the date of commencement of this Schedule.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

60

 

Schedule  2,  page  32,  line  10,  leave out paragraph 26.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

61

 

Schedule  2,  page  32,  line  20,  leave out from ‘shall’ to ‘specifying’ in line 21 and

 

insert ‘publish an annual report’.

 

Nick Ainger

 

136

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  32,  line  20,  leave out ‘from time to time’ and insert ‘annually’.


 
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