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

  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 122, line 25, leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  There shall be paid to an Electoral Commissioner such remuneration, and any such allowances or expenses, as may be specified in a resolution of the House of Commons.
 
    (1A)  If a resolution of the House of Commons so provides in the case of any person who is an Electoral Commissioner or former Electoral Commissioner--
    (a)  such amounts shall be paid towards the provision of superannuation benefits for or in respect of him as may be specified in the resolution;
    (b)  (in the case of a former Electoral Commissioner) such pension shall be paid to or in respect of him as may be so specified.")
 
     Page 122, line 45, after ("paragraph") insert ("(other than by way of expenses)") 
     Page 122, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Any amount payable under this paragraph by way of expenses shall be paid by the Commission.")
 
     Page 123, line 19, leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert--
 
    ("(3A)  The Commission shall pay to a Deputy Electoral Commissioner such remuneration, and any such allowances or expenses, as may be provided for by or under the terms of his appointment.
 
    (4)  If the terms of his appointment as Deputy Electoral Commissioner so provide, the Commission shall--
    (a)  pay towards the provision of superannuation benefits for or in respect of a Deputy Electoral Commissioner or former Deputy Electoral Commissioner such amounts as may be provided for by or under those terms;
    (b)  pay such pension to or in respect of a former Deputy Electoral Commissioner as may be so provided.")
 
     Page 123, line 44, after ("allowances") insert ("or expenses") 
     Page 124, line 13, leave out from ("Commission") to end of line 14 and insert ("by virtue of section 15(1) or by an order under section 17(1), 18(1) or 19(1).") 
     Page 126, line 13, after ("by") insert ("the Secretary of State under section 17(6) or") 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 3, line 25, leave out ("(3)(b)") and insert ("(4)(b)") 
  
After Clause 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be a panel (to be known as "the Parliamentary Parties Panel") which consists of representatives of qualifying parties appointed in accordance with this section.
 
    (2)  The function of the panel shall be to submit representations or information to the Commission about such matters affecting political parties as the panel think fit.
 
    (3)  Where the panel submit any such representations or information to the Commission, the Commission shall--
    (a)  consider the representations or information, and
    (b)  decide whether, and (if so) to what extent, they should act on the representations or information.
    (4)  Each qualifying party shall be entitled to be represented on the panel by a person appointed to the panel by the treasurer of the party.
 
    (5)  Subject to subsection (6), a person so appointed shall be a member of the panel for such period as the treasurer of the party may determine when making the appointment.
 
    (6)  A person so appointed shall cease to be a member of the panel if at any time--
    (a)  his appointment is terminated for any reason by the treasurer of the party, or
    (b)  the party ceases to be a qualifying party.
    (7)  The panel may determine their own procedure.
 
    (8)  The validity of any proceedings of the panel shall not be affected by any failure by the treasurer of a qualifying party to make any appointment in accordance with this section.
 
    (9)  In this section "qualifying party" means a registered party--
    (a)  to which two or more Members of the House of Commons for the time being belong; or
    (b)  to which two or more such Members belonged immediately after the most recent parliamentary general election.")
Parliamentary Parties Panel.
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 4, line 8, after ("17(1)") insert (", 18(1)") 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 131, line 29, leave out sub-paragraph (7) and insert--
 
    ("(7)  For subsection (5) there shall be substituted--
        (5)  As soon as practicable after the Electoral Commission have submitted a report to the Secretary of State under this Act, he shall lay before Parliament--
      (a)  the report; and
      (b)  (except where the report states that no alteration is required to be made in respect of the part of the United Kingdom to which it relates) the draft of an Order in Council for giving effect to the recommendations contained in the report."  ")
 
     Page 133, line 2, leave out paragraph 4 and insert--
 
    ("4.--(1) Section 4 (Orders in Council) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), for the words from ", whether with or without modifications," to "Boundary Commission" there shall be substituted "to the recommendations contained in a report of the Electoral Commission under this Act".
 
    (3)  Subsection (2) (draft Order implementing recommendations with modifications) shall be omitted.")
 
     Page 136, line 47, leave out from ("for") to end of line 48 and insert ("the words from ", with or without modifications," to "the Commission" there shall be substituted "to the recommendations contained in a report of the Electoral Commission".") 
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 11, line 41, leave out ("in accordance with section (Boundary Commissions: transfer of functions)") and insert ("by virtue of section 15(1)") 
  
Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 12, line 6, after ("transferring") insert ("(to any extent)") 
     Page 12, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  An order under subsection (1) may make provision for--
    (a)  transferring (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State to the Commission;
    (b)  terminating (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State or the English Commission without transferring it to the Commission or the Boundary Committee for England;
    (c)  modifying (to any extent) any relevant function of the Secretary of State;
    (d)  preventing the Secretary of State from exercising any relevant function (including one so modified) unless he has sought and obtained such advice of the Commission as may be prescribed by the order, or authorising him to seek such advice in connection with the exercise of any such function;
    (e)  modifying any relevant or other function transferred by an order under subsection (1) so far as it is to be exercisable by the Commission or the Boundary Committee for England;
    (f)  conferring on the Commission functions with respect to electoral areas or other electoral arrangements relating to the Isles of Scilly.
    (1B)  In subsection (1A) "relevant function" means (subject to subsection (1C)) a function under--
 
 
    (a)  any of sections 13 to 15 and 17 of the Local Government Act 1992 (local government changes in England),
1992 c. 19.
 
    (b)  any of sections 13, 14 and 17(4) of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 (parishes and parish councils) so far as having effect in relation to electoral arrangements within the meaning of Part II of that Act, or
1997 c. 29.
 
    (c)  section 2(4) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 or Schedule 1 to that Act (assembly constituencies).
1999 c. 29.
     (1C)  Nothing in subsection (1A) authorises the transfer to the Commission of any power of the Secretary of State under any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (1B)(a) to make orders other than those effecting electoral changes within the meaning of Part II of the Local Government Act 1992; but, subject to that, the functions which may be transferred by virtue of subsection (1A) include functions with respect to the making of orders by statutory instrument.")1992 c. 19.
     Page 12, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(6)  The Secretary of State may pay to the Commission such amount as he may determine to be appropriate by way of reimbursement for any expenditure incurred by them which is attributable to the provision by them of advice to the Secretary of State in pursuance of an order under subsection (1).")
 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 13, line 23, after ("transferring") insert ("(to any extent)") 
     Page 13, line 27, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  An order under subsection (1) may make provision for--
    (a)  transferring (to any extent) any relevant function of the National Assembly for Wales ("the Assembly") to the Commission;
    (b)  terminating (to any extent) any relevant function of the Assembly or the Welsh Commission without transferring it to the Commission or the Boundary Committee for Wales;
    (c)  modifying (to any extent) any relevant function of the Assembly:
    (d)  preventing the Assembly from exercising any relevant function (including one so modified) unless the Assembly has sought and obtained such advice of the Commission as may be prescribed by the order, or authorising the Assembly to seek such advice in connection with the exercise of any such function;
    (e)  modifying any relevant or other function transferred by an order under subsection (1) so far as it is to be exercisable by the Commission or the Boundary Committee for Wales.
    (1B)  In subsection (1A) "relevant function" means (subject to subsection (1C)) a function under--
 
 
    (a)  section 30(3) or (4) or 31(3) of the Local Government Act 1972 (restriction on community applications during and after reviews), or
    (b)  any of sections 54 to 60, 69 and 71 of, or paragraph 1A of Schedule 11 to, that Act (local government changes in Wales).
1972 c. 70.
     (1C)  Nothing in subsection (1A) authorises the transfer to the Commission of any power of the Assembly under any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (1B)(b) to make orders other than those effecting alterations in electoral arrangements within the meaning of Part IV of the Local Government Act 1972; but, subject to that, the functions which may be transferred by virtue of subsection (1A) include functions with respect to the making of orders by statutory instrument.")1972 c. 70.
     Page 14, line 3, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Nothing in this section shall be read as affecting the generality of subsection (6).")
 
     Page 14, line 7, leave out ("transferred by") and insert ("in consequence of") 
  
Clause 21
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 14, line 17, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (4A),") 
     Page 14, line 40, leave out subsection (3) 
     Page 15, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(4A)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to any parish or community election.")
 
  
Clause 23
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Page 17, line 1, leave out subsection (4) and insert--
 
    ("(4)  The person registered as a party's treasurer shall be responsible for compliance on the part of the party--
    (a)  with the provisions of Parts III and IV (accounting requirements and control of donations), and
    (b)  unless a person is registered as the party's campaigns officer in accordance with section (Parties with campaigns officers), with the provisions of Parts V to VII (campaign expenditure, third party expenditure and referendums) as well.
    (4A)  In the case of a party with accounting units the person registered as the party's treasurer shall, in relation to the provisions of Part III, be responsible for compliance on the part of the party's central organisation (rather than of the party).")
 
  
After Clause 23
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  In the case of any registered party a person--
    (a)  may be registered as the party's campaigns officer, and
    (b)  may be so registered whether or not he is also registered as the party's leader or nominating officer (or both).
    (2)  The person registered as a party's campaign officer shall be responsible for compliance on the part of the party with the provisions of Parts V to VII.
 
    (3)  So long as a party is registered as a party with a campaigns officer, section 23(5), (7) and (8) shall apply in relation to a person registered as the party's campaigns officer as they apply in relation to a person registered as treasurer of the party, except that in section 23(5) the reference to the appropriate person shall be read as a reference to the person registered as treasurer of the party.
 
    (4)  The person registered as a party's campaigns officer may appoint, on such terms as he may determine, one or more deputy campaigns officers of the party for the purposes of Part V, but not more than 12 persons may hold such appointments at the same time.
 
    (5)  For the purposes of this section--
    (a)  the provisions of section 72(2) to (10) shall apply in relation to a party's campaigns officer and the appointment of a person as deputy campaigns officer as they apply in relation to a party's treasurer and the appointment of a person as deputy treasurer, and
    (b)  any reference in those provisions to a treasurer or (as the case may be) deputy treasurer shall accordingly be read as a reference to a campaigns officer or (as the case may be) deputy campaigns officer.
    (6)  In relation to any time when a party is (or was) registered as a party with a campaigns officer--
    (a)  the provisions of Part V (other than section 72) and Parts VI and VII shall apply as if any reference to the treasurer of the party were a reference to the registered campaigns officer, and any reference to a deputy treasurer of the party were a reference to a deputy campaigns officer of the party; and
    (b)  the provisions of Part X (enforcement) shall apply in connection with matters relevant for the purposes of Parts V to VII as if any reference to a person who is or has been the treasurer of the party were a reference to a person who is or has been the registered campaigns officer.")
Parties with campaigns officers.
 
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