The Government's lobbying bill: follow-up - Political and Constitutional Reform Contents


Annex A: Amendments to be tabled by members of the Committee


Agree with Lords Amendment "Page 2, line 7, after "secretary" insert "or special adviser"

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment -

Line 1, after "or" insert ", senior civil servant or"

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Agree with Lords Amendment Page 15, line 3, leave out from "substitute" to end of line 5 and insert "—

(a) in relation to England, 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in England;

(b) in relation to Scotland, £20,000 plus 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in Scotland;

(c) in relation to Wales, £20,000 plus 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in Wales;

(d) in relation to Northern Ireland, £20,000 plus 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in Northern Ireland.";"

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment -

Leave out from "England" to end and insert -

"£793,500;

(b) in relation to Scotland, £108,000;

(c) in relation to Wales, £60,000;

(d) in relation to Northern Ireland, £20,000 plus 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in Northern Ireland.";"

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Agree with Lords Amendment Page 25, line 43, at end insert—

"( ) A "pre-dissolution period" means a period—

(a) beginning with the first day of a qualifying regulated period, and

(b) ending with the day before the day (or the last day) during that qualifying regulated period on which Parliament is dissolved."

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment -

At end add -

"() If the final period of less than 3 months referred to in subsection (2)(c) is less than 2 weeks, this final period shall be added on to the preceding 3 month period and only 1 quarterly donation report shall be required for this period."

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Agree with Lords Amendment Page 26, leave out lines 28 to 31

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment -

At end add--

"and insert '() This section does not require a third party which reports a donation during the regulated period to report the same donation in its post-election spending return.'"

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Agree with Lords Amendment: Insert the following new Clause—

"Returns as to controlled expenditure

(1) Section 96 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (returns as to controlled expenditure) is amended as follows.

(2) For subsection (1) substitute—

1) Subsection (1A) applies where, during a regulated period, any controlled expenditure is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in a relevant part of the United Kingdom in excess of the limit for that part mentioned in section 94(5).

(1A) The responsible person must prepare a return in respect of the controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period in each relevant part of the United Kingdom.

(3) In subsection (7)—

(a) in the opening words, for "(1)(a)" substitute "(1A)";

(b) in paragraph (a), omit "falling within subsection (1)(a)"."

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment -

[After subsection (1A)], at end insert-

"() A third party must make a declaration to the Electoral Commission in either of the following circumstances—

(a) it does not have to prepare a return because it has spent less than the registration threshold;

(b) it has to send a spending return but is exempt from the statement of account rules."

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