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Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

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SCHEDULE 1Schedule to be inserted before Schedule 5 to the 1983 Act

(introduced by section 17(4))

SCHEDULE 4BScottish local government elections: election expenses

Part 1List of matters

1Advertising of any nature (whatever the medium used).

Expenses in respect of such advertising include agency fees, design costs and other costs in connection with preparing, producing, distributing or otherwise disseminating such advertising or anything incorporating such advertising and intended to be distributed for the purpose of disseminating it.

2Unsolicited material addressed to electors (whether addressed to them by name or intended for delivery to households within any particular area).

Expenses in respect of such material include design costs and other costs in connection with preparing, producing or distributing such material (including the cost of postage).

3Transport (by any means) of persons to any place.

Expenses in respect of the transport of such persons include the costs of hiring a means of transport for a particular period.

4Public meetings (of any kind).

Expenses in respect of such meetings include costs incurred in connection with the attendance of persons at such meetings, the hire of premises for the purposes of such meetings or the provision of goods, services or facilities at them.

5The services of an election agent or any other person whose services are engaged in connection with the candidate’s election.

6Accommodation and administrative costs.

Part 2General exclusions

7The publication of any matter, other than an advertisement, relating to the election in—

(a)a newspaper or periodical;

(b)a broadcast made by the British Broadcasting Corporation;

(c)a programme included in any service licensed under Part 1 or 3 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42) or Part 1 or 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1996 (c. 55).

8The provision of any facilities provided in pursuance of any right conferred on candidates at an election by this Act other than facilities in respect of which expenses fall to be defrayed by virtue of section 96(4) above.

9The provision by an individual of his own services which he provides voluntarily in his own time and free of charge.

10(1)Accommodation which is the candidate’s sole or main residence.

(2)The provision by any other individual of accommodation which is his sole or main residence if the provision is made free of charge.

11(1)Transport by a means of transport which was acquired by the candidate principally for his own personal use.

(2)Transport provided free of charge by any other individual if the means of transport was acquired by him principally for his own personal use.

12(1)Computing or printing equipment which was acquired by the candidate principally for his own personal use.

(2)The provision by any other individual of computing or printing equipment which was acquired by the individual principally for his own personal use if the provision is made free of charge.

Part 3Power to amend Parts 1 and 2

13(1)The Scottish Ministers may by order made by statutory instrument make such amendment of Part 1 or 2 of this Schedule as they consider appropriate.

(2)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may contain such incidental, supplemental, saving or transitional provisions as the Scottish Ministers think fit.

(3)No order is to be made under sub-paragraph (1) unless a draft of the instrument containing the order has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

SCHEDULE 2Part 1: minor and consequential modifications

(introduced by section 35)

Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2)

1The 1983 Act is amended as follows.

2In section 66(1) (requirement of secrecy), before “shall”, where first occurring, insert—

(d)every person so attending in pursuance of permission granted under section 8 or 9 (observers at Scottish local government elections) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 14),.

3In section 73(5)(d) (payment of expenses through election agent), for “section 90A(5)(b)” substitute “section 90ZB(7)”.

4In section 74A (expenses which may be paid otherwise than by election agent)—

(a)in subsection (1)(b), for “section 90A(1)” substitute “section 90ZB(2)”,

(b)in subsection (2), the words “(determined in accordance with section 90B below)” are repealed,

(c)in subsection (3), for “sections 90A to” substitute “section 90ZB and”.

5In section 76A(2) (application of power to vary provisions about election expenses)—

(a)the word “or” immediately following paragraph (c) is repealed,

(b)after paragraph (c) insert—

(ca)section 75A(5) above; or.

6In section 81 (return as to election expenses)—

(a)in subsection (2)(c), after “section 75(2)” insert “or 75A(6)”,

(b)in subsection (9)—

(i)for “subsection (3)” substitute “subsection (4A)”, and

(ii)the words “of each such matter” are repealed.

7In section 89 (inspection of returns and declarations)—

(a)in subsection (1), after “section 75,” insert “75A,”,

(b)in subsection (3), after “section 75” insert “or 75A”.

8In section 90C(2) (property, goods, services etc. provided free of charge or at a discount), for “section 90A(3)” substitute “section 90ZB(4)”.

9In section 118 (interpretation of Part 2), in the definition of “election expenses” for “sections 90A” substitute “sections 90ZB”.

10In section 129(7)(b) (time for presentation or amendment of petition questioning local election), after “section 75” insert “or 75A”.

11In section 168(1)(a)(i) (prosecution for corrupt practices), before “above” insert “or 62B”.

12In section 179 (offences by associations), after “section 110” insert “or 110A”.

13The amendments made by paragraphs 3, 4, 6(b), 8 and 9 apply to the 1983 Act only so far as it applies to a local government election in Scotland.

Scottish Local Government (Elections) Act 2002 (asp 1)

14In section 5(4) of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Act 2002, for “75(1)” substitute “75A(2)”

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