Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill -
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Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 107, line 28, after ("application") insert ("for registration in the Great Britain register") 
     Page 107, line 31, after ("registered") insert ("in that register") 
     Page 107, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  An application for registration in the Northern Ireland register must specify either--
    (a)  a name to be the party's registered name, or
    (b)  a name in Irish and a name in English to be the party's registered names.
    (  )  If a name to be registered in that register is in a language other than English or Irish, the application must include an English translation.")
 
     Page 108, line 19, after ("name") insert ("of the accounting unit and") 
     Page 108, line 38, leave out ("Paragraphs 9 and") and insert ("Paragraph") 
     Page 108, line 42, leave out ("the following provisions of this Part of this Schedule") and insert ("paragraph 10") 
     Page 109, leave out lines 1 to 10 
     Page 109, line 24, at end insert-- 
 ("PART IIA 
 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF REPLACEMENT OFFICEr 
 Introductory 
     10A.--(1) Paragraphs 10B and 10C must be complied with in relation to an application under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.)(3)(a).
 
    (2)  In paragraphs 10B and 10C "an application" means an application under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.)(3)(a).
 
 Details of replacement etc. officers 
     10B.--(1) If as a result of an application one person will be registered as leader, nominating officer and treasurer, the application must request the addition of the name of the holder of some other specified office in the party.
 
    (2)  If an application requests--
    (a)  the substitution of the name of a leader, nominating officer, treasurer or other officer, or
    (b)  an addition in accordance with sub-paragraph (1),
the application must give the home address of the person whose name is to be substituted or added.
 
 Signature 
     10C.--(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), an application must be signed by--
    (a)  each person (other then the person to be registered in pursuance of the application) who is one of the responsible officers of the party; and
    (b)  the person who is to be so registered.
    (2)  For the purposes of this paragraph "the responsible officers" has the same meaning as in paragraph 10.
 
    (3)  If any such person as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) is unable to sign an application--
    (a)  the holder of some other office in the party may sign in his place, and
    (b)  the application must include a statement of the reason why the person in question is unable to sign and a declaration that the holder of the other office is authorised to sign in his place.")
 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 18, line 15, after ("the") insert ("Great Britain or Northern Ireland") 
  
Before Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     (".--(1) This section applies to any party registered under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998 immediately before the date on which this section comes into force.
 
    (2)  The party must, not later than 14 days before the appointed day, send to the Commission a declaration falling within section 25(1A).
 
    (3)  In connection with any such declaration, any reference in section 25(1A) or (1B) to a party's applying to be registered shall have effect in relation to the party making the declaration as a reference to its requesting to be registered in accordance with this section.
 
    (4)  Where the party sends the Commission a declaration falling within section 25(1A)(a), the party must at the same time send to them, with a view to the registration in the Northern Ireland register of a separate Northern Ireland party--
    (a)  such information as would, by virtue of Schedule 1 to the 1998 Act, be required to be provided in connection with an application by the Northern Ireland party to be registered under that Act; and
    (b)  a notification as to whether the party wishes to be registered in the Northern Ireland register under its existing registered name or under that name with an addition permitted by subsection (5).
    (5)  For the purposes of subsection (4)(b) any one of the following, namely "Northern Ireland", "Northern Irish", "Ulster", "Ireland" or "Irish" may be added to a party's existing registered name, at such point as the party may specify in its notification.
 
    (6)  If the party complies with such of the preceding provisions as apply to it, the Commission shall secure that, as from the appointed day, one or both of the new registers contains or contain such entry or entries in respect of the party as the Commission consider appropriate to reflect--
    (a)  the party's existing entry in the register maintained under the 1998 Act;
    (b)  the declaration sent to the Commission by the party in accordance with subsection (2); and
    (c)  any information or notification sent to them in accordance with subsection (4).
    (7)  If the party fails to comply with those provisions, the party's registration under the 1998 Act shall terminate on the appointed day without being replaced by any such registration under this Part as is mentioned in subsection (6).
 
    (8)  Subsection (7) shall not prevent the party from making an application for registration under this Part; and during the period of three months beginning with the appointed day sections 25(2) and 26(2) shall have effect as if--
    (a)  the name of the party registered under the 1998 Act and any emblems so registered in respect of it were registered in respect of the party in each of the new registers, and
    (b)  any such registration in the Great Britain register was in respect of each of England, Scotland and Wales.
    (9)  The registrar of companies shall provide the Commission with such information and assistance as they reasonably require for the purpose of discharging their duty under subsection (6); and where any information relating to a party registered under the 1998 Act--
    (a)  is held by the registrar of companies in connection with the registration of the party under that Act, but
    (b)  is not contained in the party's entry in the register maintained under that Act,
the registrar shall provide the Commission with that information with a view to its being held by them, as from the appointed day, in connection with the registration of the party in one or other of the new registers.
 
    (10)  In this section--
Transfer of registration of existing registered party.
1998 c. 48.
 
    the 1998 Act" means the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998;
    the new registers" means the Great Britain register and the Northern Ireland register.")
1998 c. 48.
  
Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 18, line 20, leave out from ("party") to end of line 22 and insert ("which (in accordance with section (Transfer of registration of existing registered party)(6)) is registered under this Part on the appointed day.") 
     Page 19, line 17, after ("name") insert ("of the accounting unit and") 
     Page 19, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("This subsection and subsections (11) and (12) have effect subject to subsection (13).")
 
     Page 20, line 4, at end insert--
 
    ("(13)  If, where the party has failed to comply with subsection (2) or (5), the Commission do not receive the documents mentioned in subsection (2)(a) and (b), or (as the case may be) a notification under subsection (5), by the end of the period of three months beginning with the appointed day--
    (a)  the registration of the party under this Part shall terminate at the end of that period; and
    (b)  nothing in subsections (10) to (12) shall apply to the party after that time.")
 
  
Clause 32
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 20, line 26, leave out from second ("party") to end of line 28 and insert ("which (in accordance with section (Transfer of registration of existing registered party)(6)) is registered under this Part on the appointed day.") 
  
Clause 34
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 21, line 1, at end insert ("or, where the candidate is the Speaker of the House of Commons seeking re-election, the words "The Speaker seeking re-election"  ") 
     Page 21, line 2, leave out subsection (3) and insert--
 
    ("(3)  In rule 6A (nomination papers: name of registered political party)--
    (a)  in paragraph (1), after "unless" there shall be inserted "the party is a qualifying party in relation to the constituency and"; and
    (b)  for paragraph (3) there shall be substituted--
        (3)  For the purposes of the application of this rule in relation to an election--
      (a)  registered political party" means a party which was registered under Part II of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 at the time by which the notice of the election is required to be published by virtue of rule 1 ("the relevant time");
      (b)  a registered political party is a qualifying party in relation to a constituency if--
            (i)  the constituency is in England, Scotland or Wales and the party was at the relevant time registered in respect of that part of Great Britain in the Great Britain register maintained under that Part of that Act, or
            (ii)  the constituency is in Northern Ireland and the party was at the relevant time registered in the Northern Ireland register maintained under that Part of that Act."  ")
 
  
Clause 36
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 21, line 14, leave out ("21") and insert ("(The new registers)") 
     Page 21, line 16, at end insert--
    (" "parish or community election" means an election of councillors for a parish in England or a community in Wales;")
 
     Page 21, leave out lines 18 and 19 and insert--
    (" "the register" shall be construed in accordance with section 25(5);
    registered" (unless the context otherwise requires) means registered under this Part (whether in the Great Britain or the Northern Ireland register), and other references to registration shall be construed accordingly;
 
 
    the registrar of companies" means the registrar or other officer who performs the duty of registering companies under the Companies Act 1985;")
1985 c. 6.
     Page 21, line 20, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  For the purposes of this Part a registered party contests an election--
    (a)  by one or more candidates standing for election in the party's name at the election, or
    (b)  by the party itself standing nominated at the election.")
 
     Page 21, line 21, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 37
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 22, line 15, leave out from ("period") to end of line 19 and insert ("as may be determined by the Commission under subsection (7), whether in relation to--
    (a)  registered parties generally,
    (b)  any description of registered parties which includes the party, or
    (c)  the party itself.
    (7)  The Commission may determine that the period which is to be a financial year of a registered party shall be--
    (a)  a period of twelve months specified by the Commission, or
    (b)  a shorter period specified by them for any transitional purposes;
and different determinations may be made under this subsection in respect of financial years beginning on different dates.
 
    (8)  The Commission shall notify registered parties of any determination under subsection (7) which affects them.")
 
     Page 22, line 19, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Nothing in this Part applies in relation to a minor party.")
 
  
Clause 38
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 22, line 44, leave out from ("hand)") to end of line 46 and insert ("parties registered in the Great Britain register and (on the other) those registered in the Northern Ireland register.") 
  
Clause 43
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 25, line 25, leave out ("for securing") and insert (", and exercised all due diligence, to ensure") 
     Page 25, line 36, after ("steps") insert (", and exercised all due diligence,") 
 
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