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Amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill to be moved on Report in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 34
 
  
BY THE LORD BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
 
     Page 26, line 15, leave out ("initially") and insert (", in the first five years after this Act comes into force,") 
     Page 26, line 28, leave out ("total") 
     Page 26, line 30, at end insert ("initially, and £200,000 over the subsequent four years") 
  
Clause 52
 
  
BY THE LORD WEDDERBURN OF CHARLTON
 
     Page 38, line 24, leave out ("member") 
     Page 38, line 25, after ("business") insert ("wholly or mainly") 
     Page 38, line 25, at end insert ("and which before the date of any donation undertakes by written notice to the Registrar of Companies to fulfil the conditions set out in sections 136 and 137 of, and Schedule 19 to, this Act") 
     Page 38, line 29, at end insert (", or
    (  )  an international federation or organisation falling within section 1(b) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 ("the 1992 Act") wherever resident to which an independent British trade union falling within paragraph (a) of that section is directly or indirectly affiliated")
 
  
Clause 136
 
  
BY THE LORD WEDDERBURN OF CHARLTON
THE LORD EVANS OF PARKSIDE
THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     
     ("(1A)  The purpose of Schedule 19 is to limit donations by companies to political parties and expenditure by companies for political purposes by way of disclosure both to shareholders and to employees as partners in the enterprise and to secure necessary and proportionate control over such expenditure, in order that it should not unduly distort the democratic process and its exercise by the sovereign electorate. 
     (1B)  Nothing in subsection (1A) creates an offence or any liability, but the terms of the subsection shall be taken into account by the court.") 
  
Schedule 19
 
  
BY THE LORD WEDDERBURN OF CHARLTON
THE LORD EVANS OF PARKSIDE
THE BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN
 
     Page 215, line 8, at end insert-- 
     ("347K.--(1)  Not later than 14 days before the passing of the appropriate approval resolution or, as the case may be, subsidiary approval resolution under sections 347B, 347C or 347D, the company shall give to representatives of the relevant employees a notice containing the terms of any such resolution and the reasons for its being put forward for approval by the shareholders.
 
    (2)  In the period after such a notice has been given and before any such resolution or any other resolution on the same matter is passed by the general meeting of shareholders, representatives of the employees
    (a)  may inform the directors of the company about all or any views of the employees, or some of them, in regard to the contents of the notice (save that in no case shall the representatives personally identify an employee as a person expressing any view); and
    (b) shall, for the purpose of informing themselves about employees' views on the directors' notice, have reasonable access to the workplace or workplaces of the employees in order to discuss the directors' notice with them at times either agreed with the company or chosen by them other than during working hours.
    (3)  Where the representatives of the employees have reported any views of employees to the directors, the directors shall send to the representatives within the following seven days a written communication expressing the response of the directors to that report and providing such further information as is, in the view of the directors, necessary further to explain the purposes of the company in respect of any relevant donation or expenditure.
Notification to employees representatives.
     347.--(1)  The Secretary of State shall make regulations for cases where the directors withhold material from their notice which is relevant to the purposes of section 347K on the ground that its disclosure would seriously harm the functioning of, or would be prejudicial to, the enterprise or a group of enterprises of which it forms part, or is otherwise confidential.
 
    (2)  Regulations under this section shall provide for a right whereby the representatives of the employees may apply to the Central Arbitration Committee ("the CAC") which shall determine on objective grounds whether such material should be disclosed or not to the employee representatives, in a form and manner parallel to the rights of a member of a special negotiating committee or of a European Works Council under Regulation 24 of the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999, No. 3323 ("Withholding of Information by Central Management").
 
    (3)  The regulations may deal with different cases in such diverse manner as the Secretary of State prescribes.
Information withheld from employees' representatives.
     347M.--After consulting such pesons as appear to him to be appropriate, the Secretary of State may, at any time after section 347K has been in effect for a period of not less than two years, make regulations to extend and modify the provisions of section 347E to 347H, to enable groups of relevant employees or employee representatives to bring proceedings with the leave of the court against directors of the company in respect of unauthorised political donations or expenditure.Power of the Secretary of State to make regulations about control.
     347N.--For the purposes of sections 347K, 347L and 347M--
    (a)  The term "employee" has the meaning ascribed by section 235 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 Act (hereafter "the 1992 Act") and "relevant employees" are employees employed by a company on the date of the notice required by section 347K.
    (b)  The term "representatives of the employees" means in this section--
          (i)  persons appointed by, or elected by members of, an independent trade union recognised to any extent by the company for collective bargaining within the terms of section 178 of the 1992 Act; or
          (ii)  persons appointed by, or elected by members of, an independent trade union declared by the Central Arbitration Committee to be entitled to conduct collective bargaining with the company under the provisions of Schedule A1 (Collective bargaining: recognition) to the 1992 Act, introduced by the Employment Relations Act 1999; or
          (iii)  persons independent of the company (within the meaning of section 5(a) and (b) of the 1992 Act) who are appointed or elected as appropriate representatives under the provisions of section 188(1)(B) of the 1992 Act ("duty of employer to consult trade union representatives").
    (c)  Where there are no representatives within the scope of paragraph (b) above, the employer shall, not later than 14 days before the passing of the appropriate approval resolution or subsidiary approval resolution, as the case may be, under sections 347B or 347C or 347D, send to all employees employed by the company on that day the information required by section 347K(1) and such further information as they consider to be is necessary to explain the purposes of the company in respect of any such political donation or political expenditure."")
Interpretation.
 
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