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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Monday 15th December 2008

 

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

 

3621 (2008-09 Session)

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Political Parties and Elections Bill, As Amended

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

1

 

Page  1,  line  10  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

2

 

Page  18,  line  15  [Schedule  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

An order may not issued under this paragraph in respect of any premises used by

 

a holder of a relevant elective office.’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

3

 

Page  18,  line  6  [Schedule  1],  after ‘may’, insert ‘, subject to sub-paragraph (1A),’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

4

 

Page  23,  line  29  [Schedule  1],  at end insert—

 

‘16      

The Commission shall lay before Parliament, on an annual basis, reports

 

specifying how it has exercised its powers under this Schedule; and the

 

Commission’s work may be examined by a Select Committee.’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

5

 

Page  38,  line  21  [Schedule  3],  at beginning insert—

 

  ‘(A1)  

In paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to the 2000 Act (prohibition on accepting

 

donations from impermissible donors), at the end of the sub-paragraph (7)(c)

 

there is inserted “, or a compliance officer appointed by the holder of a relevant

 

elective office to act on his behalf.”’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 15th December 2008                

2

 

Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

6

 

Page  25,  line  3  [Schedule  2],  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 Fabian Hamilton

 

7

 

Page  36,  line  39  [Schedule  2],  leave out ‘from time to time’ and insert ‘annually’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

8

 

Page  38,  line  19  [Schedule  3],  at end insert—

 

‘Schedule 6 of the 2000 Act (details to be given in donation reports)

 

A1  (1)  

In paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to the 2000 Act (details to be given in donation

 

reports), after paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (10), there is inserted—

 

“(c)    

the names and addresses of all the members of and donors donating

 

£5,000 or more annually to the association.”.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph 2 of Schedule 6A to the 2000 Act (details to be given in

 

transaction reports), after paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (10), there is

 

inserted—

 

“(c)    

the names and addresses of all members of and donors donating

 

£5,000 or more annually to the association.”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph 2A of Schedule 6A to the 2000 Act (details to be given in

 

transaction reports), after paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (11), there is

 

inserted—

 

“(ba)    

the names and addresses of all the members of and donors donating

 

£5,000 or more annually to the association;”’.

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

9

 

Page  18  [Schedule  1],  leave out line 6 and insert ‘The Electoral Commission may on

 

notice apply to the High Court for an order, subject to sub-paragraph (1A),’.

 

Reveiw of Act

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint a committee to conduct a review of this Act.

 

(2)    

He must seek to secure that at any time there are not fewer than seven members

 

of the committee.

 

(3)    

A person may be a member of the committee only if he is a member of the Privy

 

Council.

 

(4)    

The committee shall complete the review and send a report to the Secretary of

 

State no later than the end of two years beginning with the day on which this Act

 

is passed.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of the report before Parliament as soon as

 

is reasonably practicable.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 15th December 2008                

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Political Parties and Elections Bill, continued

 
 

(6)    

The Secretary of State may make payments to persons appointed as members of

 

the committee.’.

 

Removal of criminal sanctions from specified offences

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The 2000 Act is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 47(1), for “is guilty of an offence” there is substituted “shall be liable

 

to a fixed monetary penalty under Schedule 19B”.

 

(3)    

In section 65(3), for “commits an offence” there is substituted “shall be liable to

 

a fixed monetary penalty under Schedule 19B”.

 

(4)    

In paragraph 12(1) of Schedule 7, for “is guilty of an offence” there is substituted

 

“shall be liable to a fixed monetary penalty under Schedule 19B”.

 

(5)    

A fixed monetary penalty imposed in accordance with subsections (2), (3) and (4)

 

may not exceed £1,000.

 

(6)    

In Schedule 20 (penalties) the following entries in the table, and the

 

corresponding entries in column 2 are omitted—

 

(a)    

section 47(1)(b) (failure to deliver proper statement of accounts),

 

(b)    

section 65(3) (failure to deliver donation reports to Commission within

 

time limits), and

 

(c)    

paragraph 12(1) of Schedule 7 (failure to deliver donation report to

 

Commission within time limit).’.

 

Independent panel to advise Electoral Commission

 

Mr Fabian Hamilton

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint an independent panel to offer guidance and a

 

code of practice to the Electoral Commission.

 

(2)    

The panel shall advise on the proportionate use of civil penalties, financial

 

penalty levels for offences, referral for investigation in cases of possible breaches

 

of the criminal law and generally on the mode of operation of the Electoral

 

Commission on penalties.

 

(3)    

The panel shall consist of the Speaker, a judicial person and an independent

 

person.

 

(4)    

The panel shall advise the Electoral Commission on an on-going basis.’.

 


 
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