Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
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Financial provisions.     156. - (1) There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-
 
 
    (a) any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act; and
 
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.
      (2) There shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund any increase attributable to this Act in the sums to be charged on and paid out of that Fund under any other Act.
 
General interpretation.     157. - (1) In this Act-
 
  "accounting unit" and "party with accounting units" shall be construed in accordance with section 24(11);
 
  "bequest" includes any form of testamentary disposition;
 
  "body", without more, means a body corporate or any combination of persons or other unincorporated association;
 
  "broadcaster" has the meaning given by section 35(2);
 
  "business" includes every trade, profession and occupation;
 
  "central organisation", in relation to a registered party, shall be construed in accordance with section 24(11);
 
  "the Commission" means the Electoral Commission;
 
  "document" means a document in whatever form it is kept;
 
  "enactment" includes-
 
 
    (a) any provision of an Act (including this Act),
 
    (b) any provision of or of any instrument made under Northern Ireland legislation, and
 
    (c) any provision of subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978);
  "functions" includes powers and duties;
 
  "the Great Britain register" and "the Northern Ireland register" mean the registers of political parties referred to in section 22(2)(a) and (b) respectively;
 
  "local election", in relation to Northern Ireland, means a local election within the meaning of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962;
 
  "local government election" means a local government election within the meaning of section 191, 203 or 204 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 or an election under Part II of the Local Government Act 2000 for the return of an elected mayor;
 
  "market value", in relation to any property, means the price which might reasonably be expected to be paid for the property on a sale in the open market;
 
  "minor party" means (in accordance with section 32(1)) a party registered in the Great Britain register in pursuance of a declaration falling within section 26(2)(d);
 
  "modifications" includes additions, omissions and amendments;
 
  "organisation" includes any body corporate and any combination of persons or other unincorporated association;
 
  "property" includes any description of property, and references to the provision of property accordingly include the supply of goods;
 
  "qualified auditor" means (subject to subsection (2)) a person who is, in accordance with section 25 of the Companies Act 1989 or Article 28 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (eligibility for appointment), eligible for appointment as a company auditor;
 
  "record" means a record in whatever form it is kept;
 
  "registered party" means a party registered under Part II of this Act;
 
  "treasurer", in relation to a registered party, means registered treasurer.
 
      (2) A person is not a qualified auditor in relation to any registered party or any other body or individual if he is-
 
 
    (a) a member of the party or body or the individual himself, or
 
    (b) an officer or employee of the party, body or individual.
  For this purpose "officer or employee" does not include an auditor.
 
      (3) References in this Act to a person standing for election in the name of a registered party shall be construed in accordance with section 21(6).
 
      (4) References in this Act (in whatever terms) to payments out of public funds are references to any of the following, namely-
 
 
    (a) payments out of-
 
      (i) the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom, the Scottish Consolidated Fund or the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland, or
 
      (ii) money provided by Parliament or appropriated by Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly;
 
    (b) payments by-
 
      (i) any Minister of the Crown, the Scottish Ministers or any Minister within the meaning of the Northern Ireland Act 1998,
 
      (ii) any government department (including a Northern Ireland department) or any part of the Scottish Administration, or
 
      (iii) the National Assembly for Wales;
 
    (c) payments by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body or the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission; and
 
    (d) payments by the Electoral Commission;
       and references in this Act (in whatever terms) to expenses met, or things provided, out of public funds are references to expenses met, or things provided, by means of any such payments.
 
      (5) References in this Act to conditions, in the context of grants being made subject to conditions, include conditions requiring repayment of the grants in specified circumstances.
 
Interpretation: donations.     158. - (1) This section has effect for the purposes of the provisions of this Act relating to donations.
 
      (2) Where any provision of this Act refers to a donation for the purpose of meeting a particular kind of expenses incurred by or on behalf of a person of a particular description-
 
 
    (a) the reference includes a reference to a donation for the purpose of securing that any such expenses are not so incurred; and
 
    (b) a donation shall be taken to be a donation for either of those purposes if, having regard to all the circumstances, it must be reasonably assumed to be such a donation.
      (3) Subsections (4) and (5) apply to any provision of this Act which provides, in relation to a person of a particular description ("the donee"), that money spent (otherwise than by or on behalf of the donee) in paying any expenses incurred directly or indirectly by the donee is to constitute a donation to the donee.
 
      (4) The reference in any such provision to money so spent is a reference to money so spent by a person, other than the donee, out of his own resources (with no right to reimbursement out of the resources of the donee).
 
      (5) Where by virtue of any such provision any amount of money so spent constitutes a donation to the donee, the donee shall be treated as receiving an equivalent amount on the date on which the money is paid to the creditor in respect of the expenses in question.
 
Short title, commencement, transitional provisions and extent.     159. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
 
      (2) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), this Act does not come into force until such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be so appointed for different purposes.
 
      (3) The following provisions come into force on the day on which this Act is passed-
 
 
    (a) sections 1 to 3 and Schedules 1 and 2,
 
    (b) sections 153, 156 and 157, and paragraph 11(1) and (4) of Schedule 21,
 
    (c) this section, and Part II of Schedule 23 and
 
    (d) any other provision so far as it confers power to make an order or regulations.
      (4) 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 34,
 
    (b) Part I of Schedule 23, 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.
      (5) An order under subsection (2) may contain such transitional provisions and savings (including provisions modifying enactments) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.
 
      (6) Such an order may, in particular, make provision as respects the operation of any financial limit imposed by any provision of this Act in cases where a period in relation to which any such limit is imposed would otherwise begin at a time before the commencement of that provision of this Act.
 
      (7) The transitional provisions contained in Schedule 23 shall have effect.
 
      (8) Subject to subsections (9) and (10), this Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
 
      (9) Part IX and paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 12 and paragraphs 12 and 13 of Schedule 23 extend to England, Wales and Scotland.
 
      (10) Subject to any express limitation contained in this Act, the extent of any amendment or repeal made by this Act is the same as that of the enactment amended or repealed.
 
 
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