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Schedule 17
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 163, line 6, at end insert-- 
 ("Payment of election expenses 
 
        2A.--(1)  Section 73 (payment of expenses through election agent) shall be amended as follows.
        (2)  For subsection (1) there shall be substituted--
        (1)  Subject to subsection (5) below, no payment (of whatever nature) shall be made by--
      (a)  a candidate at an election, or
      (b)  any other person,
    in respect of election expenses incurred by or on behalf of the candidate unless it is made by or through the candidate's election agent."
    (3)  Subsection (4) shall be omitted.
 
    (4)  For subsection (5) there shall be substituted--
        (5)  This section does not apply to--
      (a)  any expenses which are, in accordance with section 74(1) or (1B), 78(5) or 79(2) below, paid by the candidate;
      (b)  any expenses which are paid in accordance with section 74(3) below by a person authorised as mentioned in that provision;
      (c)  any expenses included in a declaration made by the election agent under section 74A below; or
      (d)  any expenses which are to be regarded as incurred by or on behalf of the candidate by virtue of section 90A(4A)(b) below."
    (5)  In subsection (6)--
    (a)  for "any payment, advance or deposit" there shall be substituted "any payment (of whatever nature)"; and
    (b)  the words from ", or pays" to "as mentioned above," shall be omitted."
    2B.--(1)  Section 74 (candidate's personal expenses, and petty expenses) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  For the sidenote there shall be substituted "Expenses which may be paid otherwise than by election agent."
 
    (3)  After subsection (1A) there shall be inserted--
        (1B)  The candidate at an election may also pay any election expenses (other than expenses falling within subsection (1) above) which were incurred by him or on his behalf and in respect of which payment falls to be made before the date on which he appoints (or is deemed to have appointed) an election agent."
    (4)  In subsection (2), for "personal expenses paid as mentioned above" there shall be substituted "expenses paid as mentioned in subsection (1) or (1B) above".
 
    (5)  After subsection (4) there shall be inserted--
 
    (5)  Sections 78 and 79 below do not apply to expenses which, in accordance with any provision of this section, are paid otherwise than by the candidate's election agent."
 
    2C.  After section 74 there shall be inserted--
 
 Expenses incurred otherwise than for election purposes.     74A.--(1)  Neither section 73 above nor sections 78 and 79 below shall apply to election expenses--
    (a)  which are incurred by or on behalf of a candidate otherwise than for the purposes of the candidate's election, but
    (b)  which by virtue of section 90A(1) below fall to be regarded as election expenses by reason of the property, services or facilities in respect of which they were incurred being used for the purposes of the candidate's election.
    (2)  The candidate's election agent shall make a declaration of the amount (determined in accordance with section 90B below) of any election expenses falling within subsection (1) above.
 
    (3)  In this section "for the purposes of the candidate's election" has the same meaning as in sections 90A to 90C below."
 
     2D.--(1)  Section 78 (time for sending in and paying claims) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsections (1) and (2) for "within" wherever it occurs there shall be substituted "not later than".")
 
     Page 163, line 9, leave out sub-paragraph (2) and insert--
 
    ("(2)  In subsection (1) for the words from "in the form" onwards there shall be substituted "containing as respects that candidate--
    (a)  a statement of all election expenses incurred by or on behalf of the candidate; and
    (b)  a statement of all payments made by the election agent together with all bills and receipts relating to the payments."  ")
 
     Page 163, line 18, after ("(3)") insert--
    ("(a)  for paragraph (a) there shall be substituted--
      (a)  a statement of all payments made--
            (i)  by the candidate in accordance with section 74(1) or (1B) above, or
            (ii)  by any other person in accordance with section 74(3) above,
 
 
    together with all bills and receipts relating to any such payments made in accordance with section 74(1B) or 74(3);", and
 
 
    (b)")  
 
     Page 163, line 20, leave out ("90C(3)") and insert ("74A(2) above or 90C(1A)") 
     Page 163, line 20, at end insert--
      ("(da)  a declaration of the amount of expenses which are to be regarded as election expenses incurred by or on behalf of the candidate by virtue of section 90A(4A)(b) below;")
 
     Page 163, line 23, at end insert ("; and
      ("(f)  a statement of the amount, if any, of money provided by the candidate from his own resources for the purpose of meeting election expenses incurred by him or on his behalf."  ")
 
     Page 163, line 23, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Subsection (4) shall be omitted.")
 
     Page 163, line 23, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In subsection (7), the words from "; and" onwards shall be omitted.")
 
     Page 163, line 24, leave out from ("subsection") to ("The") in line 25 and insert ("(10) there shall be inserted--
        (10A)")
 
     Page 163, line 26, leave out second ("the") and insert ("any (or any description of)") 
     Page 163, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Subsection (11) shall be omitted.")
 
     Page 163, line 36, leave out (", and any accompanying documents, to the Electoral Commission") and insert ("to the Electoral Commission and, if so requested by the Commission, he shall also deliver to them a copy of any accompanying documents.") 
     Page 164, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In section 90 (election expenses at elections where election agent not required)--
    (a)  in subsection (1)(a), for "section 76(1) above has" there shall be substituted "section 76(1B) above and sections 90A(4A) and 90C below have";
    (b)  in subsection (1)(b), for "sections 72 to 75 and 78 to 89 above" there shall be substituted "sections 71A to 75 and 78 to 89 above, and Schedule 2A to this Act,";
    (c)  for subsection (1)(c) there shall be substituted--
      (c)  section 76A(2) has effect as if it referred, in substitution for the provisions set out in paragraphs (a) to (c) of that subsection, to paragraph 3 of Schedule 4 to this Act.";
 
 and 
 
    (d)  in subsection (2) for "sections 72 to 89" there shall be substituted "sections 71A to 89".")
 
     Page 164, line 17, leave out paragraph 9 and insert--
 
    ("  .  For section 110 there shall be substituted--
 
 Details to appear on election publications.     110.--(1)  This section applies to any material which can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure the election of a candidate at an election (whether or not it can be so regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well).
 
    (2)  No material to which this section applies shall be published unless--
    (a)  in the case of material which is, or is contained in, such a document as is mentioned in subsection (4), (5) or (6) below, the requirements of that subsection are complied with; or
    (b)  in the case of any other material, any requirements falling to be complied with in relation to the material by virtue of regulations under subsection (7) below are complied with.
    (3)  For the purposes of subsections (4) to (6) below the following details are "the relevant details" in the case of any material falling within subsection (2)(a) above, namely--
    (a)  the name and address of the printer of the document;
    (b)  the name and address of the promoter of the material; and
    (c)  the name and address of any person on behalf of whom the material is being published (and who is not the promoter).
    (4)  Where the material is a document consisting (or consisting principally) of a single side of printed matter, the relevant details must appear on the face of the document.
 
    (5)  Where the material is a printed document other than one to which subsection (4) above applies, the relevant details must appear either on the first or the last page of the document.
 
    (6)  Where the material is an advertisement contained in a newspaper or periodical--
    (a)  the name and address of the printer of the newspaper or periodical must appear either on its first or last page; and
    (b)  the relevant details specified in subsection (3)(b) and (c) above must be included in the advertisement.
    (7)  The Secretary of State may, after consulting the Electoral Commission, by regulations make provision for and in connection with the imposition of requirements as to the inclusion in material falling within subsection (2)(b) above of the following details, namely--
    (a)  the name and address of the promoter of the material; and
    (b)  the name and address of any person on behalf of whom the material is being published (and who is not the promoter).
    (8)  Regulations under subsection (7) above may in particular specify--
    (a)  the manner and form in which such details must be included in any such material for the purpose of complying with any such requirement;
    (b)  circumstances in which--
          (i)  any such requirement does not have to be complied with by a person of any description specified in the regulations, or
          (ii)  a breach of any such requirement by a person of any description so specified is not to result in the commission of an offence under this section by that person or by a person of any other such description;
    (c)  circumstances in which material is, or is not, to be taken for the purposes of the regulations to be published or (as the case may be) published by a person of any description so specified.
    (9)  Where any material falling within subsection (2)(a) above is published in contravention of subsection (2), then (subject to subsections (11) and (12) below)--
    (a)  the promoter of the material,
    (b)  any other person by whom the material is so published, and
    (c)  the printer of the document,
shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
 
    (10)  Where any material falling within subsection (2)(b) above is published in contravention of subsection (2), then (subject to regulations made by virtue of subsection (8)(b) above and to subsections (11) and (12) below)--
    (a)  the promoter of the material, and
    (b)  any other person by whom the material is so published,
shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
 
    (11)  It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove--
    (a)  that the contravention of subsection (2) above arose from circumstances beyond his control; and
    (b)  that he took all reasonable steps, and exercised all due diligence, to ensure that that contravention would not arise.
    (12)  Where a candidate or his election agent would (apart from this subsection) be guilty of an offence under subsection (9) or (10) above, he shall instead be guilty of an illegal practice.
 
    (13)  In this section--
    print" means print by whatever means, and "printer" shall be construed accordingly;
    the promoter", in relation to any material to which this section applies, means the person causing the material to be published;
    publish" means make available to the public at large, or any section of the public, in whatever form and by whatever means.
    (14)  For the purpose of determining whether any material is material such as is mentioned subsection (1) above, it is immaterial that it does not expressly mention the name of any candidate."  ")
 
     Page 164, line 32, leave out ("90C") and insert ("90D") 
     Page 164, line 32, at end insert (", and
    (b)  in the definition of "money", for "sections 113 and 114 above" there shall be substituted "sections 71A, 113 and 114 above and Schedule 2A to this Act".")
 
     Page 164, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("  .  In Schedule 3, in the form of declarations--
    (a)  in paragraph 3, the words "in relation to my [the candidate's] personal expenses", and
    (b)  paragraph 4,
shall be omitted.")
 
     Page 164, line 43, after ("Order") insert ("1980") 
     Page 165, line 2, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  For section 86(10) and (11) there shall be substituted--
        (10)  Article 60 of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (appeals from county courts) shall apply in relation to any order of a county court in Northern Ireland made by virtue of this section as it applies in relation to any such decree of a county court as is mentioned in paragraph (1) of that Article."
    (  )  For section 106(9) there shall be substituted--
        (9)  Article 60 of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (appeals from county courts) shall apply in relation to any order of a county court in Northern Ireland made by virtue of subsection (3) above as it applies in relation to any such decree of a county court as is mentioned in paragraph (1) of that Article."
    (  )  For section 167(5) there shall be substituted--
        (5)  Article 60 of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (appeals from county courts) shall apply in relation to any order of a county court in Northern Ireland made by virtue of this section as it applies in relation to any such decree of a county court as is mentioned in paragraph (1) of that Article."")
 
     Page 165, line 2, at end insert-- 
 ("References to documents used in legal proceedings 
     .--(1)  In section 69 (office of election agent and sub-agent)--
    (a)  in subsection (1), for "writs, summonses and" substitute "legal process and other"; and
    (b)  in subsection (3), for "writ, summons or" substitute "legal process or other".
    (2)  In section 85(4) (penalty for sitting or voting where no return and declarations transmitted), for--
    (a)  the writ or other process" (in both places), and
    (b)  a writ or other process",
substitute "legal process".
 
    (3)  In section 121(5) (presentation and service of parliamentary election petition), for the words from "as nearly" to "such other" substitute "in such".
 
    (4)  In section 136(2) (security for costs), in paragraphs (a) and (b), for "on summons, directs" substitute "directs on an application made by the petitioner".
 
    (5)  In section 184(1) (service of notices), for "summons, notice or" substitute "notice, legal process or other".
 
    (6)  In section 202(1) (general provisions as to interpretation), after the definition of "legal incapacity" insert--
      legal process" means a claim form, application notice, writ, summons or other process;".
    (7)  In Schedule 4 (election expenses at certain local elections in England and Wales), in paragraph 4(3) (penalty for sitting or voting where no return and declarations transmitted), for "a writ or other process" substitute "legal process".")
 
  
After Clause 134
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Pre-consolidation amendments 
     .--(1)  Schedule 1 to the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 (system of election etc.) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In paragraph 5 (disqualification for office of Member of the European Parliament), in sub-paragraphs (4)(a) and (4A)(a), after "section 3" there shall be inserted "or 3A".
 
    (3)  In paragraph 6 (judicial proceedings as to disqualification under paragraph 5), in sub-paragraph (1)(b), after "section 3" there shall be inserted "or 3A".")
Pre-consolidation amendments.
1978 c. 10.
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Election material 
     .--(1)  No election material shall be published unless--
    (a)  in the case of material which is, or is contained in, such a printed document as is mentioned in subsection (3), (4) or (5), the requirements of that subsection are complied with; or
    (b)  in the case of any other material, any requirements falling to be complied with in relation to the material by virtue of regulations under subsection (6) are complied with.
    (2)  For the purposes of subsections (3) to (5) the following details are "the relevant details" in the case of any material falling within subsection (1)(a), namely--
    (a)  the name and address of the printer of the document;
    (b)  the name and address of the promoter of the material; and
    (c)  the name and address of any person on behalf of whom the material is being published (and who is not the promoter).
    (3)  Where the material is a document consisting (or consisting principally) of a single side of printed matter, the relevant details must appear on the face of the document.
 
    (4)  Where the material is a printed document other than one to which subsection (3) applies, the relevant details must appear either on the first or the last page of the document.
 
    (5)  Where the material is an advertisement contained in a newspaper or periodical--
    (a)  the name and address of the printer of the newspaper or periodical must appear either on its first or last page; and
    (b)  the relevant details specified in subsection (2)(b) and (c) must be included in the advertisement.
    (6)  The Secretary of State may, after consulting the Commission, by regulations make provision for and in connection with the imposition of requirements as to the inclusion in material falling within subsection (1)(b) of the following details, namely--
    (a)  the name and address of the promoter of the material; and
    (b)  the name and address of any person on behalf of whom the material is being published (and who is not the promoter).
    (7)  Regulations under subsection (6) may in particular specify--
    (a)  the manner and form in which such details must be included in any such material for the purpose of complying with any such requirement;
    (b)  circumstances in which--
          (i)  any such requirement does not have to be complied with by a person of any description specified in the regulations, or
          (ii)  a breach of any such requirement by a person of any description so specified is not to result in the commission of an offence under this section by that person or by a person of any other such description;
    (c)  circumstances in which material is, or is not, to be taken for the purposes of the regulations to be published or (as the case may be) published by a person of any description so specified.
    (8)  Where any material falling within subsection (1)(a) is published in contravention of subsection (1), then (subject to subsection (10))--
    (a)  the promoter of the material,
    (b)  any other person by whom the material is so published, and
    (c)  the printer of the document,
shall be guilty of an offence.
 
    (9)  Where any material falling within subsection (1)(b) is published in contravention of subsection (1), then (subject to regulations made by virtue of subsection (7)(b) and to subsection (10))--
    (a)  the promoter of the material, and
    (b)  any other person by whom the material is so published,
shall be guilty of an offence.
 
    (10)  It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove--
    (a)  that the contravention of subsection (1) arose from circumstances beyond his control; and
    (b)  that he took all reasonable steps, and exercised all due diligence, to ensure that that contravention would not arise.
    (11)  In this section--
    election material" has the meaning given by section 80(2A);
    print" means print by whatever means, and "printer" shall be construed accordingly;
    the promoter", in relation to any election material, means the person causing the material to be published;
    publish" means make available to the public at large, or any section of the public, in whatever form and by whatever means.")
Details to appear on election material.
 
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