Political Parties: Finance

Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Tyrie Andrew Tyrie Conservative, Chichester

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the last Home Department guidance that was produced on election expense triggering under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983, prior to the Political Parties and Elections Act 2000.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Officials have looked through departmental archives and have been unable to find a copy of such guidance. The fundamental provisions were of long standing and there were a number of publications relating to the operation of triggering for candidates and prospective candidates to consider. It is intended that, when legislation is brought forward to implement the proposals to regulate candidate expenditure outlined in the recent White Paper "Party finance and expenditure in the United Kingdom" (Cm 7329), the Electoral Commission will be given a specific power to provide guidance in this area.

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