Control of Campaign Expenditure
CLAUSE 75 - RETURNS AS TO CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE
Clause 75 requires the treasurer of a registered
political party to prepare a return in respect of campaign expenditure.
Under subsection (6) the Commission may be regulations prescribe
a form of return. This matter has been left to delegated legislation
because the form of return may change over time and is likely
to be technical. The return is relevant only to registered parties
so regulations made by the Commission are appropriate.
Schedule 7 sets out qualifying expenses for campaign
expenditure. Under paragraph 7 the Secretary of State may, by
order, amend Parts I and II of Schedule 7 either to give effect
to a recommendation of the Commission or after consultation with
the Commission. The order is subject to affirmative resolution
procedure as it will be an offence to spend in excess of the limits
in Schedule 8; Schedule 7 states what needs to be taken into account
in assessing spending.
Schedule 12 sets out qualifying expenses in respect
of referendums. The Schedule is in similar, but not identical,
terms to Schedule 7. The Secretary of State has a similar power
to amend this Schedule by order subject to the affirmative resolution