Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill -
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Clause 21
 
     The Lord Bassam of Brighton gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 21 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 13, leave out lines 38 and 39 and insert ("his appointment as treasurer terminates for any other reason") 
     Page 13, line 41, leave out ("accordance with section 27") and insert ("pursuance of an application under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.)(3)(a)") 
     Page 14, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(8)  Where a person registered as treasurer of a registered party is convicted of an offence falling within subsection (7)(b), his appointment as treasurer of the party shall terminate on the date of the conviction.")
 
     Page 14, line 12, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In connection with the registration of a party in both the Great Britain register and the Northern Ireland register in accordance with section (The new registers)(4)--
    (a)  a person may be registered in the Northern Ireland register as leader of the separate party registered in that register if (although not such a leader of the party as is mentioned in subsection (2) above) he is leader of the party in Northern Ireland; and
    (b)  references to a person's responsibilities in subsection (3) or (4) above shall be read as references to the responsibilities that he will have with respect to the separate party registered in the Great Britain register or the Northern Ireland register, as appropriate.")
 
  
Clause 23
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 15, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In connection with the registration of a party in both the Great Britain register and the Northern Ireland register, subsection (1)(a) and the other provisions of this section apply (in accordance with section (The new registers)(5)) separately in relation to the party in Great Britain and the party in Northern Ireland, and in that connection--
    (a)  any reference in this section to a constituent or affiliated organisation in relation to the party shall be read as a reference to a constituent or affiliated organisation in relation to the party in Great Britain or the party in Northern Ireland, as appropriate; and
    (b)  any reference in this Part to the party's constitution shall be read as a reference to the party's constitution so far as relating to the party in Great Britain or the party in Northern Ireland, as appropriate;
and the party's scheme must show that the financial affairs of the party in Great Britain will be conducted separately from those of the party in Northern Ireland.")
 
  
Clause 24
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 15, line 39, leave out ("and (7)") and insert (", (7) and (8)") 
  
Clause 25
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 16, line 2, leave out subsection (1) and insert--
 
    (" (1) A party may apply to be registered under this Part by sending to the Commission an application which--
    (a)  complies with the requirements of Schedule 3, and
    (b)  is accompanied by a declaration falling within subsection (1A).
    (1A)  The declarations falling within this subsection are--
    (a)  a declaration that the party--
          (i)  intends to contest one or more relevant elections in Great Britain and one or more such elections in Northern Ireland, and
          (ii)  is accordingly applying to be registered (as two such separate parties as are mentioned in section (The registers)(4)) in both the Great Britain register and the Northern Ireland register;
    (b)  a declaration that the party--
          (i)  intends to contest one or more relevant elections (which will not be confined to one or more parish or community elections) in Great Britain only, and
          (ii)  is accordingly applying to be registered in the Great Britain register only;
    (c)  a declaration that the party--
          (i)  intends to contest one or more relevant elections in Northern Ireland only, and
          (ii)  is accordingly applying to be registered in the Northern Ireland register only;
    (d)  a declaration that the party--
          (i)  intends only to contest one or more parish or community elections, and
          (ii)  is accordingly applying to be registered in the Great Britain register only.
    (1B)  A declaration falling within paragraph (a), (b) or (d) of subsection (1A) must specify the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which the party is applying to be registered in the Great Britain register.")
 
     Page 16, line 9, leave out ("The Commission shall grant such an application by a party") and insert ("Where a party sends an application to the Commission in accordance with subsection (1), the Commission shall grant the application") 
     Page 16, line 11, after ("would") insert ("either--
          (i)  be the same as that of a party which is already registered in the register in which that party is applying to be registered, or
          (ii)")  
 
     Page 16, line 12, at end insert ("in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom") 
     Page 16, line 21, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In subsection (2)(a) "already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom" means--
    (a)  in connection with registration of the applicant party in the Great Britain register, already registered in respect of any part of Great Britain in respect of which that party is applying to be registered;
    (b)  in connection with registration of the applicant party in the Northern Ireland register, already registered in that register.")
 
     Page 16, line 23, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  If--
    (a)  at any time two or more applications for registration are pending each of which would (in the absence of the other or others) fall to be granted by the Commission, but
    (b)  the registered names proposed by the applicant parties are such that, if one of those names was already registered in pursuance of the application in question, the Commission would be required to refuse the other application or applications by virtue of subsection (2)(a),
the Commission shall determine by reference to the history of each of the applicant parties which of them has, in the Commission's opinion, the greater or greatest claim to the name proposed by it, and shall then grant the application by that party and refuse the other application or applications.")
 
     Page 16, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  In this Part "the register" means--
    (a)  in relation to a party registered in the Great Britain register, the Great Britain register, and
    (b)  in relation to a party registered in the Northern Ireland register, the Northern Ireland register.")
 
  
Clause 27
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 17, line 1, at end insert--
    ("(  )  (if registered in the Great Britain register) changing the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which it is registered;")
 
     Page 17, leave out line 2 
     Page 17, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Commission shall refuse an application to change the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which a party is registered if, in their opinion, the change would be likely to result in such confusion in relation to the party's registered name as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 25(2).")
 
  
After Clause 27
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".--(1) If at any time any particulars in a party's entry in the register which relate to any relevant matter cease to be accurate, the person registered as treasurer of the party must give the Commission a notification under this section.
 
    (2)  For the purposes of this section "relevant matter" means any of the following--
    (a)  the name of any registered officer of the party;
    (b)  the home address of any such officer;
    (c)  the address of the party's headquarters (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the party may be sent);
    (d)  the name of the treasurer of any accounting unit of the party;
    (e)  the name of any accounting unit of the party;
    (f)  the address of the headquarters of any accounting unit of the party (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the accounting unit may be sent).
    (3)  A notification under this section must specify the relevant matter in respect of which the registered particulars have ceased to be accurate, and--
    (a)  if that matter is specified in subsection (2)(a) or (d), include an application for the registration of a person as a replacement for the person currently registered as holder of the office in question; and
    (b)  otherwise, specify accurate particulars in respect of that matter.
    (4)  A notification under this section must be given to the Commission--
    (a)  where subsection (1) applies by reason of the death or the termination for any other reason of the appointment of any registered officer of the party, within the period of 14 days beginning with the date of his death or the termination of his appointment;
    (b)  where that subsection applies by reason of any other change in circumstances, within the period of 28 days beginning with the date when the change occurs.
    (5)  Where the Commission receive a notification under this section, they shall cause any change required as a consequence of the notification to be made in the party's entry in the register as soon as is reasonably practicable.
 
    (6)  In the case of a party with accounting units any reference to the party in subsection (2)(c) shall be read as a reference to the central organisation.
 
    (7)  For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
 
    (8)  Part IIA of Schedule 3 applies to applications under subsection (3)(a).")
Notification of changes in party's officers etc.
  
Clause 28
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 17, leave out lines 27 to 29 and insert--
    ("(b)  so far as necessary to secure that such particulars will both be accurate and include any information so prescribed, contain one or more of the following, namely--
          (i)  an application under section 27,
          (ii)  a notification under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.), or
          (iii)  any information so prescribed.")
 
     Page 17, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.")
 
  
After Clause 29
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".--(1) This section applies to any party registered in the Great Britain register in pursuance of a declaration falling within section 25(1A)(d) (referred to in this Act as a "minor party").
 
    (2)  The following provisions do not apply to a minor party--
    (a)  any provisions of this Part so far as relating to the registration of a treasurer for a registered party or otherwise referring to a registered treasurer;
    (b)  sections 23 and 24; and
    (c)  sections 31 and 32;
but this is subject to subsection (8)(a).
 
    (3)  The registered leader of a minor party must, in the case of each anniversary of the party's inclusion in the register, give a notification under this subsection to the Commission within the period beginning one month before the anniversary and ending three months after it.
 
    (4)  A notification under subsection (3) must--
    (a)  state that the particulars in the party's entry in the register remain accurate and include any information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 since the relevant time, or
    (b)  so far as necessary to secure that such particulars will both be accurate and include any information so prescribed, contain one or more of the following, namely--
          (i)  an application under section 27,
          (ii)  a notification under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.), or
          (iii)  any information so prescribed.
    (5)  In subsection (4) "the relevant time" means--
    (a)  the time when the party applied for registration, or
    (b)  if a notification has previously been given under subsection (3) in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given;
and for the purposes of that subsection any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
 
    (6)  A notification under subsection (3) must be accompanied by any fee prescribed by order made by the Secretary of State.
 
    (7)  In addition to being able to make an application under section 27, a minor party may apply to the Commission to have--
    (a)  the declaration mentioned in subsection (1) above cancelled, and
    (b)  the party's existing entry in the Great Britain register replaced by such entry or entries (in that or the Northern Ireland register) as accord with a fresh declaration sent by the party to the Commission and falling within section 25(1A)(a), (b) or (c).
    (8)  Where a minor party makes an application under subsection (7)--
    (a)  the provisions mentioned in subsection (2)(a) and (b) shall apply to the party;
    (b)  the party must provide the Commission with such information as--
          (i)  would, by virtue of Schedule 3, be required to be provided in connection with an application by the party under section 25 to be registered in accordance with the fresh declaration mentioned in subsection (7)(b), and
          (ii)  has not already been provided in connection with its existing registration as a minor party; and
    (c)  the following provisions, namely--
          (i)  sections 25(2) to (4) and 26, and
          (ii)  paragraphs 1(2) and 7 of Schedule 3,
 
 shall apply, with any necessary modifications, in relation to the party's application as if it were such an application under section 25 as is mentioned in paragraph (b)(i).")Registration of minor parties.
 
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