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Duty of court to report convictions to Commission.     154. 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.     155. - (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 12(8) or 36(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.
Orders and regulations.     156. - (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 16(3) or 163(2) or paragraph 14(7) of Schedule 1; or
    (b) any order made in pursuance of section 155(2)(a).
      (4) Subsection (2) also does not apply to any order under-
    (a) section 18(1),
    (b) section 51(4),
    (c) section 67(1),
    (d) section 70(1),
    (e) section 101(4),
    (f) section 108(3),
    (g) section 109(6),
    (h) section 129,
    (i) paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 7,
    (j) paragraph 4 of Schedule 8,
    (k) paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 11,
    (l) paragraph 4 of Schedule 13,
    (m) paragraph 2 of Schedule 14, or
    (n) 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) Nothing in this Act shall be read as affecting the generality of subsection (5) (including that subsection as applied by section 19(9)).
      (7) Paragraphs 21 to 23 of Schedule 1 contain provisions relating to regulations made by the Commission.
Documents for purposes of the Act.     157. - (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.     158. - (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.
Financial provisions.     159. - (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.
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