New Clause 17 - Requirement to register political influence activities of foreign principals

National Security Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 18 October 2022.

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“(1) A foreign principal must not carry out political influence activities in the United Kingdom unless the activities are registered with the Secretary of State.

(2) The prohibition in subsection (1) does not apply to—

(a) a foreign power;

(b) a recognised news publisher;

(c) a person within section (Requirement to register foreign influence arrangements)(6)(b).

(3) A person who breaches the prohibition in subsection (1) commits an offence if the person knows that the activity in question is not registered.”—

This new clause requires registration of political influence activities carried out by a foreign principal.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.