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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 Marshalled List of Amendments to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill to be moved on Third Reading in the House of Lords.

 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Clause 36
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
1     Page 30, line 32, leave out ("£500,000") and insert ("£700,000") 
  
Clause 52
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
2     Page 41, line 27, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 68
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
3     Page 54, line 17, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 69
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
4     Page 54, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(6)  The Secretary of State may by order make provision for exempting from inclusion in the register maintained by the Commission under this section any specified details in respect of donations to parties registered in the Northern Ireland register.
 
    (7)  An order under subsection (6) shall be so made as to--
    (a)  apply to the specified details in respect of donations to every Northern Ireland party, and
    (b)  make the same provision with respect to every such party.
    (8)  In this section--
    Northern Ireland party" means a party registered in the Northern Ireland register; "specified" means specified in an order under subsection (6).")
 
  
After Clause 69
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
THE LORD GOODHART
 
5     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  After section 379 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (interpretation of sections 369 to 378) there shall be inserted--Tax relief on political donations.
 Tax relief on political donations.     379AA.--(1)  Tax relief shall be available to an individual ("the donor") in accordance with this section on qualifying political donations made by him of up to £500 in any year of assessment.
 
    (2)  A donation is a qualifying political donation for the purposes of this section if it is made to a registered political party (other than a minor party) and--
    (a)  it takes the form of the payment of a sum of money,
    (b)  it is not subject to a condition as to repayment,
    (c)  it is not conditional on or associated with, or part of an arrangement involving, the acquisition of property by the political party, its members or accounting units, otherwise than by way of gift, from the donor or a person connected with him, and
    (d)  the donor is a registered elector.
    (3)  For the purposes of this section a political party is an eligible political party if--
    (a)  it is a registered party within the meaning of section 22 of this Act other than a minor party, and
    (b)  at the last general election preceding the donation in question--
          (i)  two members of that party were elected to the House of Commons, or
          (ii)  one member of that party was elected to the House of Commons and not less than 150,000 votes were given to candidates who were members of that party.
    (4)  If an individual makes a qualifying donation he shall be entitled, on making the payment, to deduct and retain out of it a sum equal to basic rate tax thereon.
 
    (5)  Where a sum is deducted under subsection (4) above, the sum deducted shall be treated as income tax paid by the person to whom the payment is made.
 
    (6)  Any person by whom a qualifying donation is received shall be entitled to recover from the Board, in accordance with regulations, an amount which by virtue of subsection (5) above is treated as income tax paid by him; and any amount so recovered shall be treated for the purposes of the Tax Acts in like manner as the qualifying political donation to which it relates.
 
    (7)  The following provisions of the Taxes Management Act 1970, namely--
    (a)  section 29(1)(c) (excessive relief) as it has effect apart from section 29(2) to (10) of that Act,
    (b)  section 30 (tax paid in error, etc) apart from subsection (1B),
    (c)  section 86 (interest), and
    (d)  section 95 (incorrect return or accounts),
shall apply in relation to an amount which is paid to any person by the Board as an amount recoverable in accordance with regulations made by virtue of subsection (6) above but to which that person is not entitled as if it were income tax which ought not to have been repaid and, where that amount was claimed by that person, as if it had been repaid as respects a chargeable period as a relief which was not due.
 
    (8)  In the application of section 86 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 by virtue of section (7) above in relation to sums due and payable by virtue of an assessment made for the whole or part of a year of assessment ("the relevant year of assessment") under section 29(1)(c) or 30 of that Act, as applied by that subsection, the relevant date--
    (a)  is 1st January in the relevant year of assessment in a case where the person falling within subsection (5) above has made a relevant interim claim; and
    (b)  in any other case is the later of the following dates, that is to say--
          (i)  1st January in the relevant year of assessment; or
          (ii)  the date of the making of the payment by the Board which gives rise to the assessment.
    (9)  The Board may by regulations make provision--
    (a)  for the purposes of any provision of this section which relates to any matter or thing to be specified by or done in acccordance with regulations;
    (b)  with respect to the furnishing of information by donors or recipients, including, in the case of recipients, the inspection of books, documents and other records on behalf of the Board; and
    (c)  generally for giving effect to this section.
    (10)  In this section--
    financial year" in relation to any person, means a financial year of that person for the purposes of the relevant regulations;
    interim claim" means an interim claim within the meaning of the relevant regulations;
    relevant interim claim" means, in relation to an assessment made for a period coterminous with, or falling wholly within, a person's financial year, an interim claim made for a period falling wholly or partly within that financial year; and
    the relevant regulations" means regulations made under subsection (9) above.
    (11)  Section 839 of this Act shall apply for the purposes of this section to determine whether one person is connected with another."")
 
  
Clause 70
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
6     Page 55, line 8, at end insert ("to include citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the Republic (subject to compliance with the Republic's Electoral Act 1997) only") 
7     Page 55, line 9, leave out paragraph (b) 
8     Page 55, line 9, leave out paragraph (b) and insert--
    ("(b)  for exempting from inclusion in the register maintained by the Commission under section 69 any specified details in respect of donations to parties registered in the Northern Ireland register")
 
9     Page 55, line 19, leave out ("four years") and insert ("one year") 
10     Page 55, line 22, leave out ("four years") and insert ("one year") 
11     Page 55, line 24, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  An order under this section shall not be made so as to allow any Northern Ireland party to receive any donation during a referendum period (as defined in section 102) from a source other than a permissible donor (as defined in section 54(2)).")
 
12     Leave out Clause 70 
  
Clause 73
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
13     Page 58, line 18, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 76
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
14     Page 60, line 15, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 86
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
15     Page 68, line 26, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 91
 
  
BY THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
 
16     Page 71, line 30, leave out ("less") and insert ("not more") 
  
Clause 101
 
  
BY THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
THE LORD CHALFONT
 
17     Page 78, line 37, after ("Parliament") insert ("or pursuant to resolutions of both Houses of Parliament on the advice of the constitutional committee of the House of Lords that certain provisions of the Bill substantially affect the constitution") 
  
After Clause 101
 
  
BY THE LORD CAMPBELL OF ALLOWAY
THE LORD CHALFONT
 
18     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The conduct of a referendum under section 101(2)(a) above, pursuant to the resolutions of both Houses which shall not be subject to the provisions of sections 102, 128(2), and 129 of this Act, shall be referred by the Secretary of State to an independent body which shall appoint a counting officer to perform the function as provided in section 128(3) to (9) of this Act.
 
    (2)  Until the result of the referendum held under subsection (1) above is known, the Bill shall not receive Royal Assent.
 
    (3)  The Secretary of State may make financial provision for expenditure on the referendum held under subsection (1) above.")
Provisions for referendums on constitutional matters.
 
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