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Clause 151
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
319C     Page 97, line 13, leave out ("Apart from the provisions mentioned in subsection (3),") and insert ("Subject to subsections (3) and (3A),") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
319D     Page 97, line 15, at end insert ("; but Part IV shall not be brought into force until the Commission has established the national register under section (Commission to keep a national electoral register) and made it available to all registered parties.") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
320     Page 97, line 16, leave out subsection (3) 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
320A     Page 97, line 16, leave out ("provisions referred to in subsection (2) are") and insert ("following provisions come into force on the day on which this Act is passed") 
320B     Page 97, line 18, at end insert ("and paragraph 10(1) and (4) of Schedule 20,") 
320C     Page 97, line 19, after ("section") insert ("and Part II of Schedule (Transitional provisions)") 
320D     Page 97, line 21, at end insert--
 
    ("(3A)  The following provisions come into force at the end of the period of two weeks beginning with the day on which this Act is passed--
    (a)  section 32,
    (b)  Part I of Schedule (Transitional provisions), and
    (c)  any provision of Part II of this Act so far as necessary for the purposes of the operation of any provision of Part I of that Schedule.")
 
320E     Page 97, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The transitional provisions contained in Schedule (Transitional provisions) shall have effect.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
321     Page 97, line 32, after ("IX") insert ("(except section 133)") 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
321A     Page 97, line 32, after (" 11") insert ("and paragraphs 12 and 13 of Schedule (Transitional provisions)") 
  
Schedule 20
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
321B     Page 177, line 22, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In section 29 (payments by and to returning officer), for subsections (3) to (9) substitute--
        (3)  A returning officer shall be entitled to recover his charges in respect of services properly rendered, or expenses properly incurred, for or in connection with a parliamentary election if--
      (a)  the services or expenses are of a kind specified in regulations made by the Electoral Commission ("the Commission") with the consent of the Treasury; and
      (b)  the charges are reasonable.
        (4)  Regulations under subsection (3) above may specify a maximum recoverable amount for services or expenses of any specified description and, subject to subsection (5) below, the returning officer may not recover more than that amount in respect of any such services or expenses.
        (5)  In a particular case the Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, authorise the payment of more than the specified maximum amount for any specified services or expenses if satisfied--
      (a)  that it was reasonable for the returning officer concerned to render the services or incur the expenses; and
      (b)  that the charges in question are reasonable.
        (6)  Any regulations under subsection (3) above which specify a maximum amount for services or expenses of a particular description may provide for that amount to increase at prescribed dates, or after prescribed periods, by reference to such formula or other method of determination as may be specified in the regulations.
        (7)  The amount of any charges recoverable in accordance with this section shall be paid by the Commission on an account being submitted to them; but if the Commission think fit they may, before payment, apply for the account to be taxed under the provisions of section 30 below.
        (8)  Where the superannuation contributions required to be paid by a local authority in respect of any person are increased by any fee paid under this section as part of a returning officer's charges at a parliamentary election, then on an account being submitted to the Commission a sum equal to the increase shall be paid to the authority by the Commission.
        (9)  On the returning officer's request for an advance on account of his charges, the Commission may make such an advance on such terms as they think fit.
        (10)  The Commission may by regulations make provision as to the time when and the manner and form in which accounts are to be rendered to the Commission for the purposes of the payment of a returning officer's charges.
        (11)  Any sums required by the Commission for making payments under this section shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund."
    (  )  In section 47(1) (loan of equipment for local elections), for "the Secretary of State" substitute "the Electoral Commission".")
 
321C     Page 177, line 22, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In section 52 (discharge of registration duties), after subsection (1) insert--
        (1A)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, the directions which may be given under subsection (1) include directions requiring a registration officer to maintain his registers in a specified electronic form; and any such directions may in particular specify--
      (a)  the software which is to be used in connection with the maintenance of the registers in that form;
      (b)  the standards in accordance with which that software is to be maintained and updated;
      (c)  how information required (by or under any enactment) to be included in the registers is to be recorded and stored in that form."")
 
321D     Page 177, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In section 201 (regulations)--
    (a)  in subsection (1), omit the words from "and except" to "section 29(8)";
    (b)  in subsection (2), for "section 29(8)" substitute "section 110(7)";
    (c)  after subsection (2) insert--
        (2A)  Any regulations under section 110(7) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."; and
    (d)  in subsection (3), after "the Secretary of State" insert ", or the Electoral Commission (in the case of any regulations made by them),".  ")
 
321E     Page 177, line 34, at end insert-- 
 ("Representation of the People Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/1081) and Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/1111) 
     .--(1) In regulation 99 of the Representation of the People Regulations 1986 and in regulation 97 of the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 1986 (modification of provisions about expenses in the Act of 1983)--
    (a)  in paragraph (1), for "subsections (3), (4), (4A), (4B), (5), (7) and (8) of section 29" substitute "subsections (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (9) and (10) of section 29"; and
    (b)  in paragraph (3), for "the Secretary of State" substitute "the Electoral Commission".
    (2)  The amendments made by sub-paragraph (1) shall not be taken to prejudice the power to make regulations varying or revoking the amended provisions.")
 
322     Page 179, line 30, at end insert--
 
("This paragraph does not include the funding of political parties for the purpose of assisting members of the Northern Ireland Assembly connected with such parties to perform their Assembly duties.")
 
322A     Page 180, line 23, leave out from beginning to ("at") in line 24 and insert ("--(1) Section 11 of that Act (revision of procedures in the light of pilot schemes) is amended as follows.
 
    (2)")
 
322B     Page 180, line 26, at end insert--
 
    ("(3)  In subsection (4), for the words from "the report" onwards substitute "every report under section 10 which relates to a scheme making provision similar to that made by the order."")
 
  
Schedule 21
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
322C     Page 180, line 45, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("In section 73, subsection (4), and in subsection (6) the words from ", or pays" to "as mentioned above,".")  
322D     Page 180, line 45, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("Section 75(1B) and (1C).") 
322E     Page 181, column 3, leave out lines 2 to 4 
322F     Page 181, line 4, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("In section 81, subsection (4), in subsection (7) the words from "; and" onwards, and subsection (11).") 
322G     Page 181, line 12, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("In section 138(1), the words from ", a copy of which" onwards.") 
322H     Page 181, line 15, column 3, leave out ("to (4)") 
322J     Page 181, leave out lines 18 to 20 
322K     Page 181, line 20, column 3, at end insert-- 
  ("In section 201(1), the words from "and except" to "section 29(8)".") 
322L     Page 181, column 3, leave out lines 10 and 11 
322M     Page 181, line 25, column 3, at end insert-- 
   (", and

(b) in the form of declarations, the words in paragraph 3 "in relation to my [the candidate's] personal expenses" and paragraph 4.")
 
322N     Page 181, line 26, column 3, leave out ("and (4)") and insert ("to (5)") 
322P     Page 181, line 26, column 3, at end insert-- 
   ("In Schedule 3, paragraphs 6 and 7.") 
322Q     Page 181, line 26, column 3, at end insert-- 
   ("In Schedule 4, paragraph 35.") 
322R     Page 181, line 29, column 3, at end insert-- 
   ("In Schedule 2, in paragraph 8, the words "for which there is a Boundary Commission".") 
322S     Page 181, line 32, at end insert-- 
 
(1991 c. 11.Representation of the People Act 1991. The whole Act.")
 
322T     Page 181, line 38, column 3, leave out from ("2(1)") to end of line 42 and insert ("to (3).") 
322U     Page 181, line 43, at end insert-- 
 
("1996 c. 55.Broadcasting Act 1996. In Schedule 10, paragraph 29, and in paragraph 30 "or 29".")
 
322V     Page 181, line 52, at end insert-- 
 
("1999 c. 29.Greater London Authority Act 1999. In Schedule 3, paragraphs 16, 19(4), 21, 24(5), 28, 31 and 35.
 
 
2000 c. 2.Representation of the People Act 2000. In Schedule 6, paragraph 4.")
 
 
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