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New Clause 20 — Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations making donations

Political Parties and Elections Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:10 pm on 2nd March 2009.

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'(1) After section 140 of the 2000 Act there is inserted—

"Reports to Commission by unincorporated associations making political donations

"140A Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations

Schedule 19ZA, which requires unincorporated associations making political donations to report gifts received by them to the Commission, has effect."

(2) Before Schedule 19A to the 2000 Act (inserted by section 2 above) there is inserted, as Schedule 19ZA, the Schedule set out in Schedule [Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations making donations: Schedule to be inserted into the 2000 Act] to this Act.

(3) In Schedule 20 to the 2000 Act the following entries are inserted at the appropriate place—

"Paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 19ZA (failure to give notification or report within specified period) On summary conviction: Level 5.
Paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 19ZA (giving notification or report that fails to comply with requirements of that Schedule) On summary conviction in England and Wales or Scotland: statutory maximum or 12 months.
On summary conviction in Northern Ireland: statutory maximum or 6 months.
On indictment: fine or 1 year.
Paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 19ZA (making false declaration in notification or report) On summary conviction in England and Wales or Scotland: statutory maximum or 12 months.
On summary conviction in Northern Ireland: statutory maximum or 6 months.
On indictment: fine or 1 year."

(4) The Secretary of State, after consulting the Electoral Commission, may make an order that—

(a) amends or modifies the Schedule inserted into the 2000 Act by Schedule [Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations making donations: Schedule to be inserted into the 2000 Act] so far as it applies in relation to Northern Ireland;

(b) makes provision that is consequential on or supplemental to that made by virtue of paragraph (a) (including provision amending or modifying any provision of the 2000 Act).

(5) The power to make an order under subsection (4) is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(6) No order may be made under subsection (4) unless a draft of the instrument containing the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(7) In the Schedule inserted into the 2000 Act by Schedule [Reports of gifts received by unincorporated associations making donations: Schedule to be inserted into the 2000 Act] to this Act—

(a) the reference in paragraph 1(1) to a calendar year does not include any year before 2010;

(b) a reference in paragraph 2 to a gift does not include any gift received before the day on which this Act is passed.'.— (Mark Tami.)

Brought up, and added to the Bill.