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Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: I am slightly puzzled by the need for both the sub-paragraphs in this amendment. I should have thought that the Government need only the words,


I do not understand why we require the first sub-paragraph, which refers to,


    "the same as a registered emblem".

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Surely if it is the same as the registered emblem, it could certainly be confused by the voter. Therefore, I do not believe that both are required. I believe that the second sub-paragraph subsumes the first. Perhaps this is what I might call a "Simon of Glaisdale question", in that I am trying to reduce the size of the Bill. I wonder whether the Government can explain why they need both parts; I believe that only the second is required.

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The noble Lord may well be right. I shall find out and contact him shortly.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 85B:


    Page 16, line 41, at end insert--


("(2A) In subsection (2)(a) "already registered in respect of the relevant part of the United Kingdom" has the meaning given by section 25(2A).").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 26, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 27 [Changes to the register]:

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendments Nos. 86 to 87A:


    Page 17, line 1, at end insert--


("( ) (if registered in the Great Britain register) changing the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which it is registered,").
Page 17, leave out line 2.


    Page 17, line 5, leave out ("the party applied for registration") and insert--


("(i) the time when the party applied for registration, or
(ii) if a notification has been previously given under section 28 in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

[Amendment No. 88 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.]

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 88A:


    Page 17, line 10, at end insert--


("( ) The Commission shall refuse an application to change the part or parts of Great Britain in respect of which a party is registered if, in their opinion, the change would be likely to result in--
(a) such confusion in relation to the party's registered name as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 25(2), or
(b) such confusion in relation to a registered emblem of the party as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 26(2).").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 89 not moved.]

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 89A:


    Page 17, line 17, at end insert--


("( ) For the purposes of subsection (3), (4) or (5)--
(a) section 25(2)(a) and section 25(2A), or
(b) section 26(2)(a) and section 25(2A) (as it applies by virtue of section 26(2A)),
as the case may be, shall each have effect as if the words "applying to be" were omitted.").

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On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 27, as amended, agreed to.

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 90:


    After Clause 27, insert the following new clause--

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES IN PARTY'S OFFICERS ETC

(".--(1) If at any time any particulars in a party's entry in the register which relate to any relevant matter cease to be accurate, the person registered as treasurer of the party must give the Commission a notification under this section.
(2) For the purposes of this section "relevant matter" means any of the following--
(a) the name of any registered officer of the party;
(b) the home address of any such officer;
(c) the address of the party's headquarters (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the party may be sent);
(d) the name of the treasurer of any accounting unit of the party;
(e) the name of any accounting unit of the party;
(f) the address of the headquarters of any accounting unit of the party (or, if it has no headquarters, the address to which communications to the accounting unit may be sent).
(3) A notification under this section must specify the relevant matter in respect of which the registered particulars have ceased to be accurate, and--
(a) if that matter is specified in subsection (2)(a) or (d), include an application for the registration of a person as a replacement for the person currently registered as holder of the office in question; and
(b) otherwise, specify accurate particulars in respect of that matter.
(4) A notification under this section must be given to the Commission--
(a) where subsection (1) applies by reason of the death or the termination for any other reason of the appointment of any registered officer of the party, within the period of 14 days beginning with the date of his death or the termination of his appointment;
(b) where that subsection applies by reason of any other change in circumstances, within the period of 28 days beginning with the date when the change occurs.
(5) Where the Commission receive a notification under this section, they shall cause any change required as a consequence of the notification to be made in the party's entry in the register as soon as is reasonably practicable.
(6) In the case of a party with accounting units any reference to the party in subsection (2)(c) shall be read as a reference to the central organisation.
(7) For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
(8) Part IIA of Schedule 3 applies to applications under subsection (3)(a).").

The noble Lord said: I beg to move.

[Amendments Nos. 90A to 90C, as amendments to Amendment No. 90, not moved.]

On Question, Amendment No. 90 agreed to.

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Clause 28 [Confirmation of registered particulars etc]:

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendments Nos. 91 and 92:


    Page 17, leave out lines 27 to 29 and insert--


("(b) so far as necessary to secure that such particulars will both be accurate and include any information so prescribed, contain one or more of the following, namely--
(i) an application under section 27,
(ii) a notification under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.), or
(iii) any information so prescribed.").
Page 17, line 39, at end insert--


("( ) For the purposes of this section any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 28, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 29 [Party ceasing to be registered]:

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 92A:


    Page 18, line 11, leave out ("and IV") and insert ("to V").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 29, as amended, agreed to.

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 93:


    After Clause 29, insert the following new clause--

REGISTRATION OF MINOR PARTIES

(".--(1) This section applies to any party registered in the Great Britain register in pursuance of a declaration falling within section 25(1A)(d) (referred to in this Act as a "minor party").
(2) The following provisions do not apply to a minor party--
(a) any provisions of this Part so far as relating to the registration of a treasurer for a registered party or otherwise referring to a registered treasurer;
(b) sections 23 and 24; and
(c) sections 31 and 32;
but this is subject to subsection (8)(a).
(3) The registered leader of a minor party must, in the case of each anniversary of the party's inclusion in the register, give a notification under this subsection to the Commission within the period beginning one month before the anniversary and ending three months after it.
(4) A notification under subsection (3) must--
(a) state that the particulars in the party's entry in the register remain accurate and include any information prescribed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 since the relevant time, or
(b) so far as necessary to secure that such particulars will both be accurate and include any information so prescribed, contain one or more of the following, namely--
(i) an application under section 27,
(ii) a notification under section (Notification of changes in party's officers etc.), or
(iii) any information so prescribed.
(5) In subsection (4) "the relevant time" means--
(a) the time when the party applied for registration, or

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(b) if a notification has previously been given under subsection (3) in relation to the party, the time when the last such notification was given;
and for the purposes of subsection (4) any particulars held by the Commission in respect of the home address of any registered officer of the party shall be taken to be particulars contained in the party's entry in the register.
(6) A notification under subsection (3) must be accompanied by any fee prescribed by order made by the Secretary of State.
(7) In addition to being able to make an application under section 27, a minor party may apply to the Commission to have--
(a) the declaration mentioned in subsection (1) above cancelled, and
(b) the party's existing entry in the Great Britain register replaced by such entry or entries (in that or the Northern Ireland register) as accord with a fresh declaration sent by the party to the Commission and falling within section 25(1A)(a), (b) or (c).
(8) Where a minor party makes an application under subsection (7)--
(a) the provisions mentioned in subsection (2)(a) and (b) shall apply to the party;
(b) the party must provide the Commission with such information as--
(i) would, by virtue of Schedule 3, be required to be provided in connection with an application by the party under section 25 to be registered in accordance with the fresh declaration mentioned in subsection (7)(b), and
(ii) has not already been provided in connection with its existing registration as a minor party; and
(c) the following provisions, namely--
(i) sections 25(2) to (4) and 26, and
(ii) paragraphs 1(2) and 7 of Schedule 3,
shall apply, with any necessary modifications, in relation to the party's application as if it were such an application under section 25 as is mentioned in paragraph (b)(i).").

On Question, amendment agreed to.


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