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

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SCHEDULE 20
 
  MINOR AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS
 
Public Records Act 1958 (c.51)
     1. In Part II of the Table at the end of paragraph 3 of the First Schedule to the Public Records Act 1958 (establishments and organisations whose records are public records), insert at the appropriate place-
 
 
 
    " Electoral Commission."
 
Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c.13)
     2. In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments etc. subject to investigation), insert at the appropriate place-
 
 
 
    " Electoral Commission."
 
House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c.24)
     3. In Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (offices disqualifying for membership)-
 
 
    (a) in Part II (bodies of which all members are disqualified), insert at the appropriate place-
 
 
    " The Electoral Commission."; and
 
    (b) in Part III (other disqualifying offices), insert at the appropriate places-
 
 
    " Deputy Electoral Commissioners.",
 
    " Assistant Electoral Commissioners.", and
 
    " Member of the staff of the Electoral Commission."
 
Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (c.25)
     4. In Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (offices disqualifying for membership)-
 
 
    (a) in Part II (bodies of which all members are disqualified), insert at the appropriate place-
 
    "The Electoral Commission."; and
 
    (b) in Part III (other disqualifying offices), insert at the appropriate places-
 
    "Deputy Electoral Commissioners.",
 
    "Assistant Electoral Commissioners.", and
 
    "Member of the staff of the Electoral Commission."
 
European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 (c.10)
     5. - (1) The European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 (as amended by the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In section 3(8)(a) (electoral system in Great Britain: meaning of "registered party") for "a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
      (3) In paragraph 2(3A)(a) of Schedule 1 (European Parliamentary elections), for "(including expenses incurred in relation to a general election as a whole)" substitute "of candidates".
 
 
Representation of the People Act 1983 (c.2)
     6. - (1) The Representation of the People Act 1983 is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In section 18(5) (polling districts and places at parliamentary elections)-
 
 
    (a) for "the Secretary of State", wherever occurring, substitute "the Electoral Commission"; and
 
    (b) for "he thinks fit" substitute "they think fit".
      (3) In section 175 (illegal payments etc.) for "illegal payment, employment or hiring", wherever they occur, substitute "illegal payment or employment".
 
      (4) In section 202(1) (general definitions), for "a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
      (5) In Schedule 1 (parliamentary elections rules), at the end of rule 14 (publication of statement of persons nominated) insert-
 
 
    "(5) The returning officer shall send to the Electoral Commission-
 
 
    (a) a copy of the statement; and
 
    (b) in the case of each candidate standing nominated in respect of whom a certificate has been received by the returning officer in accordance with rule 6A above, a copy of that certificate as well."
 
Broadcasting Act 1990 (c.42)
     7. In sections 36(3) and 107(2) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (party political broadcasts) for "but subject to section 14 of the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998 (prohibition of broadcasts by unregistered parties)" substitute "but subject to section 33 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (prohibition of broadcasts by unregistered parties)".
 
 
Local Government Act 1992 (c.19)
     8. - (1) Section 13 of the Local Government Act 1992 (duty of Local Government Commission for England to conduct reviews) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) For subsections (1) and (1A) (duty to conduct reviews when directed to do so) substitute-
 
 
    "(1) The Secretary of State may direct the Local Government Commission to conduct a review of such areas in England as are specified in the direction or are of a description so specified.
 
      (1AA) A direction under subsection (1) above shall, in respect of each area to which it relates, specify which of the following kinds of changes, namely-
 
 
    (a) structural changes,
 
    (b) boundary changes, and
 
    (c) electoral changes,
  is or are to be considered in the review of that area.
 
      (1A) Where the Secretary of State gives a direction under subsection (1) above requiring the Local Government Commission to conduct any review, the Local Government Commission shall conduct the review in accordance with this Part and any directions given under it and, in respect of each of the areas to which the direction relates, recommend in the case of each kind of changes required to be considered in the review of the area either-
 
 
    (a) that the Secretary of State should make such changes of that kind as are specified in the recommendations; or
 
    (b) that he should make no changes of that kind."
      (3) In subsection (1C) (interpretation of subsections (1A) and (1B))-
 
 
    (a) for "subsections (1A) and (1B)" substitute "subsection (1B)"; and
 
    (b) omit paragraph (b) and the "and" preceding it.
      (4) Omit subsections (3) and (4) (timing of periodic reviews).
 
 
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c.33)
     9. In section 170 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (security at party conferences), in subsection (5) for "the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
 
Government of Wales Act 1998 (c.38)
     10. - (1) The Government of Wales Act 1998 is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In section 4(8) (National Assembly for Wales: voting at ordinary elections) for "a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
      (3) In section 11(2)(c) (power to make provision about elections) omit "and registered political parties".
 
      (4) After section 34 insert-
 
 
"Assistance to groups of Assembly members.     34A. - (1) The Assembly may make to (or in respect of) groups of Assembly members such payments as the Assembly from time to time determines for the purpose of assisting Assembly members in the groups to perform their functions as Assembly members.
 
    (2) A determination under this section may make provision-
 
 
    (a) for ascertaining the groups to which (or in respect of which) payments are to be made,
 
    (b) for calculating the amount of any payment to a group,
 
    (c) for the conditions subject to which payments are to be made, and
 
    (d) for the presiding officer to decide questions arising under the determination about which groups Assembly members belong to.
      (3) A determination under this section may make different provision for different groups.
 
      (4) The Assembly may not delegate the function of making a determination under this section.
 
      (5) A determination under this section shall not be made unless a motion to approve it is passed by the Assembly on a vote in which at least two-thirds of the Assembly members voting support the motion.
 
      (6) The standing orders of the Assembly must include provision for the publication of every determination under this section."
 
 
Scotland Act 1998 (c.46)
     11. - (1) The Scotland Act 1998 is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In section 5(9) (candidates at general elections) for "the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
      (3) In section 12(2)(c) (power to make provision about elections) omit "and registered political parties".
 
 
Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c.47)
     12. - (1) The Northern Ireland Act 1998 is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In section 18(13)(a) (Northern Ireland Ministers) for "a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
      (3) In Schedule 2 (excepted matters), for paragraph 13 substitute-
 
 
  " 13. The subject-matter of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 with the exception of Part IX (political donations etc. by companies)."
 
 
Greater London Authority Act 1999 (c.29)
     13. In section 4(11) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (voting at ordinary elections), for "a party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998" substitute "a party registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000".
 
 
Representation of the People Act 2000 (c.2)
     14. - (1) Section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 2000 (pilot schemes) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) After subsection (1) insert-
 
 
    "(1A) Subsection (1) applies to proposals falling within that subsection which are submitted by a relevant local authority jointly with the Electoral Commission as if in that subsection-
 
 
    (a) the first reference to any such authority in paragraph (a), and
 
    (b) the reference to the authority in paragraph (b)(ii),
  were each a reference to the authority and the Commission; and, in a case where any such proposals are not jointly so submitted, the Secretary of State must consult the Commission before making an order under that subsection."
 
      (3) In subsection (5)(a), after "the authority concerned" insert "and to the Electoral Commission".
 
      (4) In subsection (6), for "the authority concerned" substitute "the Electoral Commission".
 
      (5) After subsection (6) insert-
 
 
    "(6A) The report shall be prepared by the Electoral Commission in consultation with the authority concerned; and that authority shall provide the Commission with such assistance as they may reasonably require in connection with the preparation of the report (which may, in particular, include the making by the authority of arrangements for ascertaining the views of voters about the operation of the scheme)."
 
      (6) In subsection (7), after "The report shall" insert ", in particular,".
 
      (7) For subsection (10) substitute-
 
 
    "(10) Once the Electoral Commission have prepared the report, they shall send a copy of the report-
 
 
    (a) to the Secretary of State, and
 
    (b) to the authority concerned,
  and that authority shall publish the report in their area, in such manner as they think fit, by the end of the period of three months beginning with the date of the declaration of the result of the elections in question."
 
     15. In section 11 of that Act (revision of procedures in the light of pilot schemes), at the end of subsection (1) insert-
 
 
  " The power of the Secretary of State to make such an order shall, however, be exercisable only on a recommendation of the Electoral Commission."
 
 
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