Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords

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SCHEDULE 7
 
  CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE: QUALIFYING EXPENSES
  PART I
  DIRECT EXPENSES
 
Expenses qualifying where incurred for election purposes
     1. For the purposes of section 67(2)(a) the expenses falling within this Part of this Schedule are expenses incurred in respect of any of the matters set out in the following list.
 
List of matters     
 
      (1) Party political broadcasts.
 
  Expenses in respect of such broadcasts include agency fees, design costs and other costs in connection with preparing or producing such broadcasts.
 
      (2) Advertising of any nature (whatever the medium used).
 
  Expenses in respect of such advertising include agency fees, design costs and other costs in connection with preparing, producing, distributing or otherwise disseminating such advertising or anything incorporating such advertising and intended to be distributed for the purpose of disseminating it.
 
      (3) Unsolicited material addressed to electors (whether addressed to them by name or intended for delivery to households within any particular area or areas).
 
  Expenses in respect of such material include design costs and other costs in connection with preparing, producing or distributing such material (including the cost of postage).
 
      (4) Any manifesto or other document setting out the party's policies.
 
  Expenses in respect of such a document include design costs and other costs in connection with preparing or producing or distributing or otherwise disseminating any such document.
 
      (5) Market research or canvassing conducted for the purpose of ascertaining polling intentions.
 
      (6) The provision of any services or facilities in connection with press conferences or other dealings with the media.
 
      (7) Office accommodation acquired specifically for the purpose of being used in connection with a relevant election or any anticipated such election.
 
  Expenses in respect of such accommodation include rent, rates, water, gas and electricity charges.
 
      (8) The employment of staff specifically in connection with a relevant election or any anticipated such election.
 
  Expenses in respect of the employment of such staff include the remuneration and any allowances payable to them.
 
      (9) The engagement of staff provided by employment agencies.
 
      (10) Legal or other professional services provided otherwise than by members of the party's staff.
 
      (11) Transport of persons participating (on a permanent basis or otherwise) in the conduct of an election campaign on a national or other basis involving travelling from place to place.
 
  Expenses in respect of the transport of such persons include the costs of hiring a particular vehicle for the whole or part of the period during which the campaign is so conducted and the costs of any form of transport by air.
 
      (12) Rallies and other events, including public meetings (but not annual or other party conferences) organised so as to attract national publicity or for other purposes connected with an election campaign.
 
  Expenses in respect of such events include costs incurred in connection with the attendance of prominent persons at such events or the provision of goods, services or facilities at them.
 
      (13) Payment of expenses incurred by staff (whether permanent or otherwise) for election purposes and not falling within any of the preceding sub-paragraphs.
 
      (14) Postage, stationery and printing costs not falling within any of the preceding sub-paragraphs.
 
 
Exclusions
     2. Nothing in paragraph 1 shall be taken as extending to-
 
 
    (a) any expenses in respect of newsletters or similar publications issued by or on behalf of the party with a view to giving electors in a particular electoral area information about the opinions or activities of, or other personal information relating to, their elected representatives or existing or prospective candidates;
 
    (b) any expenses incurred in respect of unsolicited material addressed to party members;
 
    (c) any expenses in respect of any property, services or facilities so far as those expenses fall to be met out of public funds;
 
    (d) any expenses incurred in respect of the remuneration or allowances payable to any member of the permanent staff of the party; or
 
    (e) any reasonable expenses incurred in respect of an individual by way of travelling expenses (by any means of transport) or in providing for his accommodation or other personal needs.
 
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