Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART X, MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL - continued
Provisions relating to offences - continued

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Offences committed by unincorporated associations.     150. - (1) Proceedings for an offence alleged to have been committed under this Act by an unincorporated association shall be brought against the association in its own name (and not in that of any of its members) and, for the purposes of any such proceedings, any rules of court relating to the service of documents shall have effect as if the association were a corporation.
 
      (2) A fine imposed on an unincorporated association on its conviction of an offence under this Act shall be paid out of the funds of the association.
 
      (3) Section 33 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 and Schedule 3 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (procedure on charge of offence against a corporation) shall have effect in a case in which an unincorporated association is charged in England or Wales with an offence under this Act in like manner as they have effect in the case of a corporation so charged.
 
      (4) In relation to any proceedings on indictment in Scotland for an offence alleged to have been committed under this Act by an unincorporated association, section 70 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (proceedings on indictment against bodies corporate) shall have effect as if the association were a body corporate.
 
      (5) Section 18 of the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945 and Schedule 4 to the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (procedure on charge of offence against a corporation) shall have effect in a case in which an unincorporated association is charged in Northern Ireland with an offence under this Act in like manner as they have effect in the case of a corporation so charged.
 
      (6) Where a partnership is guilty of an offence under this Act and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any partner, he as well as the partnership shall be guilty of that offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
 
      (7) Where any other unincorporated association is guilty of an offence under this Act and the offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of-
 
 
    (a) any officer of the association, or
 
    (b) any member of the committee or other similar governing body of the association,
       he, as well as the association, shall be guilty of that offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
 
Duty of court to report convictions to Commission.     151. The court by or before which a person is convicted of-
 
 
    (a) an offence under this Act, or
 
    (b) an offence committed in connection with a relevant election (within the meaning of Part II),
       shall notify the Commission of his conviction as soon as is practicable.
 
 
Variation of specified sums
Power to vary specified sums.     152. - (1) The Secretary of State may by order vary any sum for the time being specified in any provision of this Act (other than the sum specified in section 11(8) or 34(5)).
 
      (2) The Secretary of State may make such an order either-
 
 
    (a) where he considers it expedient to do so in consequence of changes in the value of money, or
 
    (b) where the order gives effect to a recommendation of the Commission.
 
Supplementary
Orders and regulations.     153. - (1) Any power of the Secretary of State to make any order or regulations under this Act shall be exercised by statutory instrument.
 
      (2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a statutory instrument containing any order or regulations made under this Act by the Secretary of State shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
 
      (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to-
 
 
    (a) any order under section 15(3) or 159(2) or paragraph 14(7) of Schedule 1; or
 
    (b) any order made in pursuance of section 152(2)(a).
      (4) Subsection (2) also does not apply to any order under-
 
 
    (a) section 49(4),
 
    (b) section 65(1),
 
    (c) section 68(1),
 
    (d) section 99(4),
 
    (e) section 105(3),
 
    (f) section 106(6),
 
    (g) section 126,
 
    (h) paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 7,
 
    (i) paragraph 4 of Schedule 8,
 
    (j) paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 11,
 
    (k) paragraph 4 of Schedule 13,
 
    (l) paragraph 2 of Schedule 14, or
 
    (m) paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 15;
       and no such order shall be made (whether alone or with other provisions) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.
 
      (5) Any order or regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act may-
 
 
    (a) contain such consequential, incidental, supplementary or transitional provisions or savings (including provisions amending, repealing or revoking enactments) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate; and
 
    (b) make different provision for different cases.
      (6) Paragraphs 21 to 23 of Schedule 1 contain provisions relating to regulations made by the Commission.
 
Documents for purposes of the Act.     154. - (1) Any application, notice or notification required or authorised to be made or given under this Act must be in writing.
 
      (2) Any document required or authorised to be given or sent under this Act may be sent by post.
 
Minor and consequential amendments and repeals.     155. - (1) The minor and consequential amendments specified in Schedule 21 shall have effect.
 
      (2) The enactments specified in Schedule 22 are repealed to the extent specified.
 
      (3) However, none of the repeals-
 
 
    (a) of provisions of Part II or III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (election campaigns and legal proceedings in respect of elections), or
 
    (b) of provisions amending any of those provisions,
       have effect in relation to local government elections in Scotland.
 
 
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