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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 13th November 2008

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill


 

[Sixth and Seventh Sittings]


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  28

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

Where originals have been removed from premises, the Commission must take

 

all reasonable steps to provide the individual or organisation with copies of those

 

documents within 24 hours.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  29

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  23,  at end insert ‘and leave a copy of such authorisation

 

of warrant with that person.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  30

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  34,  after ‘any’, insert ‘reasonable’.

 

Martin Linton

 

Negatived on division  118

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  41,  at begining insert ‘Subject to subsection (1A),’.

 

Martin Linton

 

Not called  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

 

Agreed to  125

 

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


 
 

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‘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

 

Agreed to  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;

 

(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—


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

(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

 

Not called  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.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  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

 

Withdrawn  133

 

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

 

Not called  82

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  83

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not selected  84

 

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

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  31

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  32

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  33

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  34

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  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

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  37

 

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

 

in paragraph 3(2).’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  64

 

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


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  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

 

Not called  66

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  69

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  70

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  71

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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.’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not moved  73

 

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


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  74

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  75

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  76

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  40

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  41

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  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)’.

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  44

 

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


 
 

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  45

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  46

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Not moved  48

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  50

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Withdrawn  51

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  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

 

Withdrawn  53

 

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

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mrs Eleanor Laing

 

Not called  54

 

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


 
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