Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
SCHEDULE 8, LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE - continued

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  PART II
  GENERAL LIMITS
 
Parliamentary general elections
     3. - (1) For the purposes of sections 74 and 75 this paragraph imposes limits in relation to a parliamentary general election.
 
      (2) The limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of a registered party in the relevant period in each of England, Scotland and Wales is -
 
 
    (a) £30,000 multiplied by the number of constituencies contested by the party in that part of the United Kingdom; or
 
    (b) if greater, the appropriate amount specified in sub-paragraph (3).
      (3) The appropriate amount is-
 
 
    (a) in relation to England, £810,000;
 
    (b) in relation to Scotland, £120,000; and
 
    (c) in relation to Wales, £60,000.
      (4) The limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of a registered party in the relevant period in Northern Ireland is £30,000 multiplied by the number of constituencies contested by the party there.
 
      (5) For the purposes of this paragraph the relevant period is-
 
 
    (a) (subject to paragraph (b)) the period of 365 days ending with the date of the poll for the election;
 
    (b) where the election ("the election in question") follows another parliamentary general election held less than 365 days previously, the period-
 
      (i) beginning with the day after the date of the poll for the earlier election, and
 
      (ii) ending with the date of the poll for the election in question.
 
General elections to European Parliament
     4. - (1) For the purposes of sections 74 and 75 this paragraph imposes limits in relation to a general election to the European Parliament.
 
      (2) Where at the election a registered party stands for election in only one electoral region in England, the limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of the party in the relevant period in England is £45,000 multiplied by the number of MEPs to be returned for that region at the election.
 
      (3) Where at the election a registered party stands for election in two or more electoral regions in England, the limit applying to campaign expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the party in the relevant period in England is £45,000 multiplied by the total number of MEPs to be returned for those regions, taken together.
 
      (4) Where at the election-
 
 
    (a) a registered party stands for election in Scotland or Wales, or
 
    (b) one or more candidates stand for election in Northern Ireland in the name of a registered party,
  the limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of the party in the relevant period in that part of the United Kingdom is £45,000 multiplied by the number of MEPs to be returned for that part of the United Kingdom at the election.
 
      (5) For the purposes of this paragraph the relevant period is the period of four months ending with the date of the poll for the election.
 
 
General elections to Scottish Parliament
     5. - (1) For the purposes of sections 74 and 75 this paragraph imposes limits in relation to an ordinary or extraordinary general election to the Scottish Parliament.
 
      (2) The limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of a registered party in the relevant period in Scotland is-
 
 
    (a) £12,000 for each constituency contested by the party; plus
 
    (b) £80,000 for each region contested by the party.
      (3) In the case of an ordinary general election, "the relevant period" for the purposes of this paragraph is the period beginning with the appropriate date (as defined by sub-paragraph (4)) and ending with the date of the poll.
 
      (4) In sub-paragraph (3) "the appropriate date" means the date which falls four months before the date of the poll where-
 
 
    (a) the date of the poll is that determined by section 2(2) of the Scotland Act 1998; or
 
    (b) no less than five months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 2(2) of that Act, the date of the poll is brought forward under section 2(5) of that Act; or
 
    (c) no less than four months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 2(2) of that Act, the date of the poll is postponed under section 2(5) of that Act;
  but where the date of the poll is brought forward or postponed otherwise than as mentioned in paragraph (b) or (c) above "the appropriate date" means the date which falls four months before the date when the poll would have taken place under section 2(2) of the Act.
 
      (5) In the case of an extraordinary general election, "the relevant period" for the purposes of this paragraph is the period beginning with the date when the Presiding Officer proposes a day for the poll for the election under section 3(1) of the Scotland Act 1998 and ending with the date of the poll for the election.
 
 
Ordinary elections to Welsh Assembly
     6. - (1) For the purposes of sections 74 and 75 this paragraph imposes limits in relation to an ordinary election to the Welsh Assembly.
 
      (2) The limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of a registered party in the relevant period in Wales is-
 
 
    (a) £10,000 for each constituency contested by the party; plus
 
    (b) £40,000 for each region contested by the party.
      (3) For the purposes of this paragraph "the relevant period" is the period beginning with the appropriate date (as defined by sub-paragraph (4)) and ending with the date of the poll.
 
      (4) In sub-paragraph (3) "the appropriate date" is the date which falls four months before the date of the poll where-
 
 
    (a) the date of the poll is that determined by section 3(2) of the Government of Wales Act 1998; or
 
    (b) no less than five months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 3(2) of that Act, the date of the poll is brought forward under section 3(3) of that Act; or
 
    (c) no less than four months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 3(2) of the Act, the date of the poll is postponed under section 3(3) of that Act;
  but where the date of the poll is brought forward or postponed otherwise than as mentioned in paragraph (b) or (c) above "the appropriate date" means the date which falls four months before the date when the poll would have taken place under section 3(2) of that Act.
 
 
General elections to Northern Ireland Assembly
     7. - (1) For the purposes of sections 74 and 75 this paragraph imposes limits in relation to an ordinary or extraordinary general election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
 
      (2) The limit applying to campaign expenditure which is incurred by or on behalf of a registered party in the relevant period in Northern Ireland is £17,000 for each constituency contested by the party.
 
      (3) In the case of an ordinary general election, "the relevant period" for the purposes of this paragraph is the period beginning with the appropriate date (as defined by sub-paragraph (4)) and ending with the date of the poll.
 
      (4) In sub-paragraph (3) "the appropriate date" means the date which falls four months before the date of the poll where-
 
 
    (a) the date of the poll is that determined by section 31(1) and (2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; or
 
    (b) no less than five months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 31(1) and (2) of that Act, the date of the poll is brought forward under section 31(3) of that Act; or
 
    (c) no less than four months before the day on which the poll would have taken place under section 31(1) and (2) of that Act, the date of the poll is postponed under section 31(3) of that Act;
  but where the date of the poll is brought forward or postponed otherwise than as mentioned in paragraph (b) or (c) above "the appropriate date" means the date which falls four months before the date when the poll would have taken place under section 31(1) and (2) of that Act.
 
      (5) In the case of an extraordinary general election, "the relevant period" for the purposes of this paragraph is the period beginning with the date when the Secretary of State proposes a date for the poll for the election under section 32(1) or (3) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and ending with the date of the poll for the election.
 
 
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