Amendments 181 to 183

Elections Bill - Committee (6th Day) – in the House of Lords at 7:45 pm on 28 March 2022.

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Earl Howe:

Moved by Earl Howe

181: Clause 40, page 49, line 25, leave out subsection (2) and insert—“(2) The first condition is that the sole or primary purpose that the electronic material can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve is a purpose within section 41.”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment provides that the condition in clause 40(2) is met only where the sole or primary purpose that the electronic material can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve is a purpose within clause 41.

182: Clause 40, page 49, line 30, at end insert “as an advertisement”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment provides that the condition in clause 40(3) is met only where the promoter of the relevant material, or the person on behalf of whom the relevant material is published, has paid for the material to be published as an advertisement.

183: Clause 40, page 49, line 33, at end insert—“(5) Where the material is published on a website or mobile application of the promoter or the person on behalf of whom the material is published, the reference in subsection (3) to a person paying for material to be published does not include the person making payments related to setting up, operating or maintaining the website or mobile application.(6) In subsection (5) “mobile application” means application software designed and developed for use by the general public on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment provides that, in a case where electronic material is published on a website or mobile application of the promoter or person on behalf of whom the material is published, the reference in clause 40(3) to a person paying for material to be published does not include making payments related to setting up, operating or maintaining the website or mobile application.

Amendments 181 to 183 agreed.

Clause 40, as amended, agreed.

Clause 41: Purposes referred to in section 40