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Mayors: Referendums

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is responsible for monitoring donations for mayoral referendums.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2007, which specify the rules for conducting local governance referendums, including referendums on having a directly elected mayor, set an expense limit for campaign expenditure at local governance referendums. While there are no statutory arrangements for monitoring compliance with these provisions, exceeding this limit constitutes a criminal offence.

The 2007 Regulations will be replaced by new regulations following the enactment of the Localism Act 2011; it is intended that these will replicate the existing provisions on expense limits.

Where a registered political party or a regulated donee are participants in a mayoral referendum, the requirements of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in respect of donations to parties or regulated donees will apply.

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