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Before Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
93A     Insert the following new Schedule-- 
 ("SCHEDULE 
 TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS OF BOUNDARY COMMISSIONs 
 PART I 
 AMENDMENTS OF PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES ACT 1986 
 Preliminary 
     1.  The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 shall be amended as follows.1986 c. 56.
 Duty to keep under review, and report on, parliamentary representation 
     2.--(1) Section 3 (reports of the Commissions) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), for the words from "Each Boundary Commission" to "the whole of that part" there shall be substituted "The Electoral Commission shall keep under review the representation in the House of Commons of each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and shall, in accordance with subsection (2) below, submit to the Secretary of State separate reports with respect to the whole of each of those parts".
 
    (3)  For subsection (2) there shall be substituted--
        (2)  Reports under subsection (1) with respect to a particular part of the United Kingdom shall be submitted by the Electoral Commission not less than eight nor more than twelve years from the date of the last report under that subsection with respect to that part of the United Kingdom."
    (4)  In subsection (2A), for "a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission".
 
    (5)  In subsection (3)--
    (a)  for "Any Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "The Electoral Commission"; and
    (b)  for "the part of the United Kingdom with which they are concerned" there shall be substituted "any part of the United Kingdom".
    (6)  In subsection (4), for "a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission".
 
    (7)  In subsection (5)--
    (a)  for "a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission"; and
    (b)  for "the Commission are" there shall be substituted "the report is".
    (8)  In subsection (7)--
    (a)  for "a Boundary Commission under subsection (1) above" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission under subsection (1) above with respect to a particular part of the United Kingdom";
    (b)  for "of the Commission under subsection (1) above" there shall be substituted "under subsection (1) above with respect to that part of the United Kingdom"; and
    (c)  for "a Boundary Commission publishing" there shall be substituted "a Boundary Committee publishing under section 5 below".
    (9)  For the sidenote for section 3 there shall be substituted "Reports of the Electoral Commission."
 
    (10)  In section 3(2) and (7), as amended by this paragraph, any reference to a previous report under section 3(1) with respect to a particular part of the United Kingdom includes a reference to such a report which, at any time before the coming into force of this paragraph in relation to that part, was made with respect to that part by one of the Boundary Commissions constituted under the Act.
 
 Functions of Boundary Committees 
     3.  After section 3 there shall be inserted-- 
 Reviews and proposed recommendations by Boundary Committees.     3A.--(1)  Where the Electoral Commission intend to consider making a report under this Act ("the section 3 report") with respect to--
    (a)  a particular part of the United Kingdom, or
    (b)  any area comprised in a particular part of the United Kingdom,
the Boundary Committee for that part of the United Kingdom shall (subject to subsection (4) below) carry out a review in accordance with this Act for the purpose of enabling them to submit to the Electoral Commission proposals as to the recommendations to be included in the section 3 report.
 
    (2)  Once the Boundary Committee have carried out a review under subsection (1) above, they shall accordingly submit to the Electoral Commission a report containing the recommendations which the Committee propose should be included in the section 3 report in the light of the review.
 
    (3)  Where the Electoral Commission have received a report of a Boundary Committee under subsection (2) above, the Commission may--
    (a)  accept in full the proposed recommendations contained in that report and include them in the section 3 report;
    (b)  accept those proposed recommendations subject to modifications agreed with the Committee and include them, as so modified, in the section 3 report;
    (c)  reject those proposed recommendations and either--
          (i)  require the Committee to reconsider their proposed recommendations with a view to deciding whether to submit a further report under subsection (2) above containing different proposed recommendations,
          (ii)  require the Committee to carry out a fresh review under subsection (1) above with respect to the whole, or any specified part, of the area which was the subject of the original review, or
          (iii)  (in the case only of a review carried out for the purposes of a report under section 3(3) above) take no further action.
    (4)  A Boundary Committee shall, in or in connection with the exercise or performance of their powers or duties under this Act, comply with any directions given to them by the Commission (so far as consistent with the rules set out in paragraphs 1 to 6 of Schedule 2 to this Act (read with paragraph 7)).
 
    (5)  In this Act--
    (a)  Boundary Committee" means a Boundary Committee established by the Electoral Commission under section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; and
    (b)  recommendations" includes (unless the context otherwise requires) a recommendation that no alteration is required."
 
 Implementation of Commission's reports 
     4. In section 4(1) (Orders in Council), for "the report of a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "a report of the Electoral Commission under this Act". 
 Notices relating to proposed reports or recommendations 
     5.  For section 5 there shall be substituted-- 
 Notices relating to proposed reports or recommendations.     5.--(1)  Where the Electoral Commission intend to consider making a report under this Act, they shall inform the Secretary of State accordingly by notice in writing; and a copy of the notice shall be published--
    (a)  in the London Gazette, if the report would be with respect to England or Wales (or an area comprised therein);
    (b)  in the Edinburgh Gazette, if the report would be with respect to Scotland (or an area comprised therein); and
    (c)  in the Belfast Gazette, if the report would be with respect to Northern Ireland (or an area comprised therein).
    (2)  Where a Boundary Committee have provisionally determined proposed recommendations affecting any constituency which they are minded to include in a report under section 3A(2) above, they shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in the constituency a notice stating--
    (a)  the effect of the proposed recommendations and (except where their effect is that no alteration should be made in respect of the constituency) that a copy of the recommendations is open to inspection at a specified place in the constituency; and
    (b)  that representations with respect to the proposed recommendations may be made to the Boundary Committee within one month after publication of the notice;
and the Boundary Committee shall take into consideration any representations duly made in accordance with any such notice.
 
    (3)  Where a Boundary Committee revise any proposed recommendations after publishing a notice of them under subsection (2) above, the Committee shall comply again with that subsection in relation to the revised recommendations, as if no earlier notice had been published.
 
    (4)  Where the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to a Boundary Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) above, they shall have regard to--
    (a)  any representations duly made with respect to the recommendations in accordance with a notice published under subsection (2) above; or
    (b)  (where they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the area subject to the Committee's review) any representations so made with respect to the recommendations so far as relating to that part of that area.
    (5)  Where a Boundary Committee's proposed recommendations affecting any constituency have been modified by the Electoral Commission under section 3A(3)(b) above, the Boundary Committee shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in the constituency a notice stating the effect of those recommendations as so modified."
 
 Local inquiries 
     6.--(1)  Section 6 (local inquiries) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), for "A Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "In connection with carrying out any review under section 3A(1) above a Boundary Committee".
 
    (3)  In subsection (2)--
    (a)  for "recommendation of a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "proposed recommendation of a Boundary Committee";
    (b)  for "the Commission", in both places, there shall be substituted "the Committee"; and
    (c)  for "make the recommendation" there shall be substituted "proceed with the proposed recommendation".
    (4)  In subsection (3), for "Commission" there shall be substituted "Committee".
 
    (5)  After subsection (4) there shall be inserted--
        (4A)  Where a Boundary Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this Act, the Committee shall take into consideration the findings of the inquiry.
        (4B)  Where a Boundary Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this Act and the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to the Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) above, the Electoral Commission shall have regard to--
      (a)  the findings of the inquiry; or
      (b)  (where they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the area which was the subject of the Committee's review) the findings of the inquiry so far as relating to that part of that area."
    (6)  In subsections (5) to (7), for "Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "Committee".
 
 Rules for redistribution of seats 
     7.--(1)  Schedule 2 (rules for redistribution of seats) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In paragraph 1(4), for "the Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) the Boundary Committee".
 
    (3)  In paragraph 5, for "a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) a Boundary Committee".
 
    (4)  In paragraph 6, for "A Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "The Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) a Boundary Committee".
 
    (5)  In paragraph 7, for "a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) a Boundary Committee".
 
    (6)  In paragraph 8--
    (a)  the words "for which there is a Boundary Commission" shall be omitted; and
    (b)  for "report of a Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "report of the Electoral Commission (or one made by a Boundary Committee for purposes of it)".
 
 PART II 
 AMENDMENTS OF OTHER ACTs 
 Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38) 
     8.  Schedule 1 to the Government of Wales Act 1998 (Assembly constituencies and Assembly regions) shall be amended as follows.
 
    9. For paragraph 4 there shall be substituted--
        4.--(1)  When the Boundary Committee for Wales ("the Committee") provisionally determine (in pursuance of the 1986 Act) proposed recommendations which they are minded to include in a report under section 3A(2) of that Act and which would involve any alterations in any parliamentary constituencies in Wales, the Committee shall consider whether any alteration--
      (a)  in the Assembly electoral regions, or
      (b)  in the allocation of seats to the Assembly electoral regions,
    would be required in order to give effect to the rules set out in paragraph 8.
        (2)  Any such report by the Committee as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) shall contain, in addition, the recommendations which, in the light of their consideration of the question mentioned in that sub-paragraph, the Committee propose should be included in the Electoral Commission's section 3 report in pursuance of paragraph 7.
        (3)  In section 3A of the 1986 Act--
      (a)  subsection (3) shall apply with any necessary modifications in relation to any such proposed recommendations as they apply in relation to any proposed recommendations of a Boundary Committee under section 3A(2) of that Act; and
      (b)  in subsection (4), the first reference to that Act shall include a reference to this Schedule, and the reference to the rules set out as there mentioned shall include a reference to the rules set out in paragraph 8.
        (4)  In this paragraph--
      the Boundary Committee for Wales" means the Committee of that name established by the Electoral Commission under section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;
      the Electoral Commission's section 3 report" means the report of the Electoral Commission under section 3 of the 1986 Act for the purposes of which the proposed recommendations mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) would be made."
    10.--(1)  Paragraph 5 (notices of proposed recommendations) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In sub-paragraph (1), for "paragraph 4, the Commission have provisionally determined to make" there shall be substituted "paragraph 4(1), the Committee have provisionally determined to propose (in pursuance of paragraph 4(2))".
 
    (3)  In sub-paragraph (2)--
    (a)  for "the Commission propose to recommend" there shall be substituted "their effect is"; and
    (b)  for "to the Commission" there shall be substituted "to the Committee".
    (4)  In sub-paragraphs (3) to (5), for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Committee".
 
    (5)  After sub-paragraph (5) there shall be inserted--
        (5A)  Where the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to the Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4(3) above) they shall have regard to--
      (a)  any representations duly made with respect to the recommendations in accordance with any notice published under sub-paragraph (1); or
      (b)  (where they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the Assembly electoral region) any representations so made with respect to the recommendations so far as relating to that part of the region.
        (5B)  Where the Committee's proposed recommendations have been modified by the Electoral Commission under section 3A(3)(b) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4(3) above), the Committee shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in the Assembly electoral region a notice stating the effect of those recommendations as so modified."
    11.--(1)  Paragraph 6 (local inquiries) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In sub-paragraph (1) for "The Commission" there shall be substituted "For the purposes of this Schedule the Committee".
 
    (3)  In sub-paragraph (2)--
    (a)  for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Committee"; and
    (b)  for "make the recommendation" there shall be substituted "proceed with the proposed recommendation".
    (4)  In sub-paragraphs (3) and (5), for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Committee".
 
    (5)  After sub-paragraph (5) there shall be added--
        (6)  Where the Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this paragraph, the Committee shall take into consideration the findings of the inquiry.
        (7)  Where the Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this paragraph and the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to the Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4(3) above), the Electoral Commission shall have regard to--
      (a)  the findings of the inquiry; or
      (b)  (where, in the case of any Assembly electoral region in respect of which the inquiry was held, they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the region) the findings of the inquiry so far as relating to that part of the region."
    12.  In paragraph 7 (reports)--
    (a)  for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission";
    (b)  in sub-paragraph (1)(a), after "constituencies" there shall be inserted "in Wales"; and
    (c)  in sub-paragraph (1)(b), at the end there shall be added "relating to any constituency or constituencies in Wales."
    13.  In paragraph 8 (the rules), for "Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) the Committee".
 
    14.  In paragraph 9(1) (Orders in Council), for "the Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission".
 
    15.  In paragraph 10 (interpretation)--
    (a)  for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission"; and
    (b)  at the end there shall be added--
        (3)  Sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) also apply for construing references to the regional electorate for an Assembly electoral region in relation to any report of the Committee made for the purposes of any such report of the Electoral Commission."
    16.  In paragraph 11 (definitions)--
    (a)  for the definition of "the Commission" there shall be substituted--
      the Committee" means the Boundary Committee for Wales (as defined by paragraph 4(4));"; and
    (b)  after that definition there shall be added--
      recommendations" includes (unless the context otherwise requires) a recommendation that no alteration is required."  
 
 Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46) 
     17.  Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (constituencies, regions and regional members) shall be amended as follows.
 
    18. In paragraph 3 (reports of Boundary Commission for Scotland), for sub-paragraph (1) and the cross-heading preceding it there shall be substituted--
 
 Reports of Electoral Commission 
 
        3.--(1)  This paragraph applies where the Electoral Commission ("the Commission") submit a report to the Secretary of State under section 3(1) or (3) of the 1986 Act recommending any alteration in any parliamentary constituencies in Scotland."
    19. After paragraph 4 there shall be inserted--
 
 Proposed recommendations by Boundary Committee for Scotland 
 
        4A.--(1)  When the Boundary Committee for Scotland provisionally determine (in pursuance of the 1986 Act) proposed recommendations which they are minded to include in a report under section 3A(2) of that Act and which would involve any alteration in any parliamentary constituencies in Scotland, the Committee shall consider whether any alteration within paragraph 3(2) would be required to be made in order to give effect to the rules in paragraph 7.
        (2)  Any such report by the Committee as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) shall contain, in addition, the recommendations which the Committee propose should be included in the Electoral Commission's section 3 report in the light of the Committee's consideration of the question mentioned in that sub-paragraph.
        (3)  In section 3A of the 1986 Act--
      (a)  subsection (3) shall apply with any necessary modifications in relation to any such proposed recommendations as they apply in relation to any proposed recommendations of a Boundary Committee under section 3A(2) of that Act; and
      (b)  in subsection (4), the first reference to that Act shall include a reference to this Schedule, and the reference to the rules set out as there mentioned shall include a reference to the rules set out in paragraph 7.
        (4)  In this paragraph--
      the Boundary Committee for Scotland" means the Committee of that name established by the Electoral Commission under section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;
      the Electoral Commission's section 3 report" means the report of the Electoral Commission under section 3 of the 1986 Act for the purposes of which the proposed recommendations mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) would be made."
    20.--(1)  Paragraph 5 (notices of proposed recommendations) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In sub-paragraph (1)--
    (a)  for "the Commission have provisionally determined to make" there shall be substituted "the Committee have provisionally determined to propose (in pursuance of paragraph 4A(2))";
    (b)  for "they propose to recommend" there shall be substituted "their effect is"; and
    (c)  for "to the Commission" and "the Commission shall" there shall be substituted "to the Committee" and "the Committee shall" respectively.
    (3)  In sub-paragraph (2), for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Committee".
 
    (4)  After sub-paragraph (2) there shall be inserted--
        (3)  Where the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to the Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4A(3) above) they shall have regard to--
      (a)  any representations duly made with respect to the recommendations in accordance with any notice published under sub-paragraph (1); or
      (b)  (where they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the region) any representations so made with respect to the recommendations so far as relating to that part of the region.
        (4)  Where the Committee's proposed recommendations have been modified by the Electoral Commission under section 3A(3)(b) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4A(3) above), the Committee shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in the region a notice stating the effect of those recommendations as so modified."
    21.--(1)  Paragraph 6 (local inquiries) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In sub-paragraph (1) for "The Commission" there shall be substituted "For the purposes of this Schedule the Committee".
 
    (3)  In sub-paragraph (2)--
    (a)  for "the Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "the Committee"; and
    (b)  for "make the recommendation" there shall be substituted "proceed with the proposed recommendation".
    (4)  In sub-paragraph (3), for "the Commission" there shall be substituted "the Committee".
 
    (5)  After sub-paragraph (5) there shall be added--
        (6)  Where the Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this paragraph, the Committee shall take into consideration the findings of the inquiry.
        (7)  Where the Committee have caused a local inquiry to be held in pursuance of this paragraph and the Electoral Commission are minded to exercise in relation to the Committee's proposed recommendations any of the powers conferred by section 3A(3)(b) or (c) of the 1986 Act (as applied by paragraph 4(3) above), the Electoral Commission shall have regard to--
      (a)  the findings of the inquiry; or
      (b)  (where, in the case of any region in respect of which the inquiry was held, they are minded to exercise any of those powers in relation to part only of the region) the findings of the inquiry so far as relating to that part of the region."
    22.  In paragraph 7 (the rules), for "Commission", wherever occurring, there shall be substituted "Electoral Commission or (as the case may be) the Committee".
 
    23.  In paragraph 8 (meaning of regional electorate)--
    (a)  in sub-paragraph (1), for "the Commission" there shall be substituted "the Electoral Commission"; and
    (b)  at the end there shall be added--
        (3)  Sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) also apply for construing references to the regional electorate in relation to any report of the Committee made for the purposes of any such report of the Electoral Commission."
    24. After paragraph 8 there shall be added--
 
 Interpretation 
 
        9.  In this Schedule--
      the 1986 Act" means the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986;
      the Committee" means the Boundary Committee for Scotland (as defined by paragraph 4A(4));
      recommendations" includes (unless the context otherwise requires) a recommendation that no alteration is required."  ")
 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
94     Page 107, line 28, after ("application") insert ("for registration in the Great Britain register") 
95     Page 107, line 31, after ("registered") insert ("in that register") 
96     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.")
 
97     Page 108, line 19, after ("name") insert ("of the accounting unit and") 
98     Page 108, line 38, leave out ("Paragraphs 9 and") and insert ("Paragraph") 
99     Page 108, line 42, leave out ("the following provisions of this Part of this Schedule") and insert ("paragraph 10") 
100     Page 109, leave out lines 1 to 10 
101     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
 
102     Page 18, line 15, after ("the") insert ("Great Britain or Northern Ireland") 
103     [Withdrawn] 
104     [Withdrawn] 
105     [Withdrawn] 
106     [Withdrawn] 
107     [Withdrawn] 
  
Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     The Lord Bassam of Brighton gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 31 stand part of the Bill. 
  
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.") 
110A     Page 20, line 27, leave out ("immediately before the appointed day") and insert ("at the commencement of this section") 
  
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 41
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
125A     Page 24, line 40, after ("than") insert ("7 days after") 
125B     Page 24, line 44, at end insert ("(unless the auditor was appointed by the Commission under section 39(4))") 
  
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") 
128A     Page 26, line 46, at end insert--
    ("(  )  for disapplying, to such extent or in such circumstances (or both) as regulations under this subsection may specify, any of the provisions of section 43(1).")
 
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") 
130A     Page 110, line 43, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  In sub-paragraph (1) any reference to a treasurer or other officer includes a former treasurer or other officer.")
 
130B     Page 111, line 41, leave out paragraph 9 and insert--
 
    ("9.--(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), section 44 shall apply in relation to any accounting unit and the treasurer of any such unit as it applies in relation to the party and the treasurer of the party.
 
    (2)  In its application in relation to any such unit--
    (a)  section 44(7) shall have effect with the omission of the reference to the registered leader of the party; and
    (b)  section 44(8) shall accordingly have effect with the omission of paragraphs (a) and (b) and all references to the registered leader of the party.")
 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
 
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