Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill -
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Before Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
103     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
 
104     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.") 
105     Page 19, line 17, after ("name") insert ("of the accounting unit and") 
106     Page 19, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("This subsection and subsections (11) and (12) have effect subject to subsection (13).")
 
107     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 BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
 
108     Page 20, line 8, leave out ("initially") 
109     Page 20, line 23, at end insert ("in the first year following Royal Assent to this Act, and
    (b)  £100,000 in subsequent years")
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
110     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
 
111     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"  ") 
112     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
 
113     Page 21, line 14, leave out ("21") and insert ("(The new registers)") 
114     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;")
 
115     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.
116     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.")
 
117     Page 21, line 21, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 37
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
118     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.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
119     Page 22, line 18, leave out paragraph (b) 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
120     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
 
121     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 39
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
122     Page 23, line 12, leave out ("£250,000") and insert ("£1,000,000") 
123     Page 23, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The level of gross income or total expenditure which must be exceeded in subsection (1) to require auditing shall be consistent with the requirements under section 249A of the Companies Act 1985.")
 
124     Page 23, line 16, leave out ("£250,000") and insert ("£1,000,000") 
125     Page 23, line 38, leave out from ("remuneration,") to third ("the") in line 39 and insert ("shall be covered by") 
  
Clause 43
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
126     Page 25, line 25, leave out ("for securing") and insert (", and exercised all due diligence, to ensure") 
127     Page 25, line 36, after ("steps") insert (", and exercised all due diligence,") 
  
Clause 44
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
128     Page 26, line 44, after ("accounts") insert ("and their delivery to the Commission") 
129     Page 26, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Section 42 applies in relation to any revised statement of accounts received by the Commission in accordance with regulations under subsection (9) as it applies in relation to any statement of accounts received by them under section 41.")
 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
130     Page 109, line 42, leave out ("register of political parties") and insert ("Great Britain or Northern Ireland register") 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
131     Page 27, line 35, leave out paragraph (f) 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
132     Page 28, line 14, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Nothing in this Part applies in relation to donations received by a minor party.")
 
  
Clause 47
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
133     Page 28, line 33, at end insert--
    ("(h)  any payment made by an individual or organisation in respect of, or any facilities or services provided in pursuance of, education activity by the party for the benefits of its members.")
 
  
Clause 48
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
134     Page 29, line 8, leave out subsection (4) 
  
Clause 49
 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
135     Page 29, line 32, leave out ("registered in an electoral register") and insert ("resident in the United Kingdom") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
136     Page 29, line 32, at end insert ("or eligible to be registered in an electoral register") 
137     Page 29, line 36, leave out sub-paragraph (ii) 
138     Page 29, line 38, leave out paragraph (c) 
139     Page 30, line 5, at end insert ("; and
    (g)  a citizen of the Republic of Ireland resident in the Republic of Ireland subject to compliance with that Republic's Electoral Act 1997")
 
  
BY THE LORD BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
 
140     Page 30, line 5, at end insert ("; and
    (g)  a political party from within the European Union which is properly registered as a political party under the regulations of a European Union State")
 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
141     Page 30, line 7, leave out ("registered in an electoral register") and insert ("resident in the United Kingdom") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
142     Page 30, line 8, at end insert ("or who at his death was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and had within the previous five years been registered in an electoral register") 
143     Page 30, line 9, leave out subsections (4) to (7) 
144     Page 30, line 15, leave out ("not less") and insert ("more") 
145     Page 30, line 31, leave out ("not less") and insert ("more") 
  
BY THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
 
146     Page 30, line 38, leave out subsection (8) 
 
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