Second Reading

Part of Political Parties and Elections Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:16 pm on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Maclennan of Rogart Lord Maclennan of Rogart Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs, Spokesperson for Scotland 4:16 pm, 18th March 2009

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister. He has cited the commission in support of what the Government propose, but the commission made a clear statement that, in its view,

"an increase of this level has the potential to reduce public confidence in the transparency and integrity of political funding".

I wonder whether he can reconcile his statement with the view expressed by the commission.