Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill - continued        House of Lords
SCHEDULE 7, CONTROL OF DONATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS AND MEMBERS ASSOCIATIONS - continued

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  PART II
  CONTROLS ON DONATIONS
 
Prohibition on accepting donations from impermissible donors
     6. - (1) A controlled donation received by a regulated donee must not be accepted by the donee if-
 
 
    (a) the person by whom the donation would be made is not, at the time of its receipt by the donee, a permissible donor, or
 
    (b) the donee is (whether because the donation is given anonymously or by reason of any deception or concealment or otherwise) unable to ascertain the identity of that person.
      (2) Where any person ("the principal donor") causes an amount ("the principal donation") to be received by a regulated donee by way of a donation-
 
 
    (a) on behalf of himself and one or more other persons, or
 
    (b) on behalf of two or more other persons,
       then for the purposes of this Schedule each individual contribution by a person falling within paragraph (a) or (b) of not less than £200 shall be treated as if it were a separate donation received from that person.
 
      (3) In relation to each such separate donation, the principal donor must ensure that, at the time when the principal donation is received by the regulated donee, the responsible person is given-
 
 
    (a) (except in the case of a donation which the principal donor is treated as making) all such details in respect of the person treated as making the donation as are required by virtue of paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to be given in respect of the donor of a recordable donation to a registered party; and
 
    (b) (in any case) all such details in respect of the donation as are required by virtue of paragraph 4 of Schedule 6 to be given in respect of a recordable donation to a registered party.
      (4) Where-
 
 
    (a) any person ("the agent") causes an amount to be received by a regulated donee by way of a donation on behalf of another person ("the donor"), and
 
    (b) the amount of the donation is not less than £200,
       the agent must ensure that, at the time when the donation is received by the regulated donee, the responsible person is given all such details in respect of the donor as are required by virtue of paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to be given in respect of the donor of a recordable donation to a registered party.
 
      (5) A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, he fails to comply with sub-paragraph (3) or (4).
 
 
Payments etc. which are (or are not) to be treated as donations by permissible donors
     7. - (1) The following provisions have effect for the purposes of this Schedule.
 
      (2) Any payment out of public funds received by a regulated donee which is a members association, for its use and benefit in connection with any of its political activities, shall be regarded as a controlled donation received by the association from a permissible donor.
 
      (3) Any donation received by a regulated donee shall (if it would not otherwise fall to be so regarded) be regarded as a controlled donation received by the donee from a permissible donor if and to the extent that-
 
 
    (a) the purpose of the donation is to meet qualifying costs incurred or to be incurred in connection with any visit-
 
      (i) by the donee in connection with any of the donee's political activities, or
 
      (ii) in the case of a members association, by any member or officer of the association in connection with any of its political activities,
 
    to a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, and
 
    (b) the amount of the donation does not exceed a reasonable amount in respect of such costs.
      (4) In sub-paragraph (3) "qualifying costs", in relation to the donee or (as the case may be) any member or officer of the donee, means costs relating to that person in respect of-
 
 
    (a) travelling between the United Kingdom and the country or territory in question; or
 
    (b) travelling, accommodation or subsistence while within that country or territory.
      (5) Any controlled donation received by a regulated donee from a trustee of any property (in his capacity as such) which does not constitute a donation transmitted by the trustee to the donee-
 
 
    (a) on behalf of a person who, at the time of its receipt by the donee, is a permissible donor, or
 
    (b) in pursuance of a bequest made by such a person as is mentioned in section 52(3),
       shall be regarded as a controlled donation received by the donee from a person who is not a permissible donor.
 
 
Acceptance or return of donations
     8. - (1) Sections 54 to 58 shall apply for the purposes of this Schedule in relation to a regulated donee and any controlled donation received by a regulated donee as they apply for the purposes of this Part in relation to a registered party and any donation received by a registered party.
 
      (2) In its application in accordance with sub-paragraph (1), section 54(3) and (4) shall each have effect as if the reference to the treasurer of the party were construed-
 
 
    (a) in relation to a regulated donee other than a members association, as a reference to the donee; and
 
    (b) in relation to a members association, as a reference to the responsible person.
 
Evasion of restrictions on donations
     9. Section 59 shall apply for the purposes of this Schedule as if-
 
 
    (a) any reference to donations were to controlled donations;
 
    (b) any reference to a registered party were to a regulated donee; and
 
    (c) any reference to the treasurer of such a party were construed as mentioned in paragraph 8(2)(a) or (b).
 
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