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Part VIE+W+S+N.I. Controls relating to third party national election campaigns

Chapter IE+W+S+N.I. Preliminary

Controlled expenditure by third partiesE+W+S+N.I.

85 Controlled expenditure by third parties.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The following provisions have effect for the purposes of this Part.

(2)Controlled expenditure”, in relation to a third party, means (subject to section 87) expenses incurred by or on behalf of the third party [F1where—

(a)the expenses fall within Part 1 of Schedule 8A, and

(b)the expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success at any relevant election for—

(i)one or more particular registered parties,

(ii)one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular category of such parties, or

(iii)candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions or who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular category of candidates.]

F2(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and any such material is election material even though it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well.

(4)For the purposes of subsection [F3(2)(b)]

(a)the reference to electoral success at any relevant election is a reference—

(i)in relation to a registered party, to the return at any such election of candidates standing in the name of the party or included in a list of candidates submitted by the party in connection with the election, and

(ii)in relation to candidates, to their return at any such election; and

(b)the reference to doing any of the things mentioned in [F4that provision] includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral prospects at the election of other parties or candidates F5...; [F6and]

[F7(c)a course of conduct may constitute the doing of one of those things even though it does not involve any express mention being made of the name of any party or candidate.]

[F8(4A)In determining whether expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success as mentioned in subsection (2)(b), it is immaterial that it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well.]

(5)Recognised third party” means a third party for the time being recognised under section 88 for the purposes of this Part.

[F9(5A)Recognised Gibraltar third party” means a recognised third party falling within paragraph (d) or (e) (but not paragraph (a), (b) or (c)) of section 88(2).]

(6)Relevant election” has the same meaning as in Part II.

(7)Responsible person”, in relation to a recognised third party, means—

(a)if the third party is an individual, that individual;

(b)if the third party is a registered party—

(i)the treasurer of the party, or

(ii)in the case of a minor party, the person for the time being notified to the Commission by the party in accordance with section 88(3)(b)(iii); and

(c)otherwise, the person or officer for the time being notified to the Commission by the third party in accordance with section 88(3)(c)(ii) [F10or (d)(ii)] .

(8)Third party”, in relation to any relevant election, means—

(a)any person or body other than a registered party; or

(b)subject to subsection (9), any registered party.

(9)In connection with the application of subsection (2) in relation to expenses incurred by or on behalf of a third party which is a registered party, any reference in [F11that subsection] to a registered party or registered parties or to any candidates does not include—

(a)the party itself, or

(b)any candidates standing in the name of the party at any relevant election or included in any list submitted by the party in connection with any such election,

as the case may be.

(10)In this section “candidates” includes future candidates, whether identifiable or not.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 85 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 85 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 85 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

[F1285AControlled expenditure of third parties: power of Scottish MinistersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The powers under the following provisions of Schedule 8A are exercisable by the Scottish Ministers instead of the Secretary of State, so far as they relate to polls at elections for membership of the Scottish Parliament—

(a)paragraph 3(3) (power to approve a draft code of practice prepared by the Electoral Commission),

(b)paragraph 3(7) (power to appoint day when code comes into force), and

(c)paragraph 4(1) (power to amend Part 1 of Schedule 8A).

(2)For the purposes of the exercise by the Scottish Ministers of the powers mentioned in subsection (1), paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 8A apply—

(a)as if any reference to the Secretary of State were a reference to the Scottish Ministers,

(b)as if any reference to “each House of Parliament”, “each House”, “either House”, “both Houses” or “Parliament” were a reference to the Scottish Parliament,

(c)as if in paragraph 3(9) for the words from “means—” to the end there were substituted “ means the period of 40 days beginning with the day on which the draft is laid before the Scottish Parliament. ”

(3)Subsection (1) does not apply to a power so far as it relates to circumstances where a limit applies to expenditure in relation to a period determined by reference both to the date of the poll for an election for membership of the Scottish Parliament and to the date of any other election.]

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86 Notional controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies where, in the case of a third party—

(a)either—

(i)property is transferred to the third party free of charge or at a discount of more than 10 per cent. of its market value, or

(ii)property, services or facilities is or are provided for the use or benefit of the third party free of charge or at a discount of more than 10 per cent. of the commercial rate for the use of the property or for the provision of the services or facilities, and

(b)the property, services or facilities is or are made use of by or on behalf of the third party in circumstances such that, if any expenses were to be (or are) actually incurred by or on behalf of the third party in respect of that use, they would be (or are) controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party.

(2)Where this section applies, an amount of controlled expenditure determined in accordance with this section (“the appropriate amount”) shall be treated, for the purposes of this Part, as incurred by the third party during the period for which the property, services or facilities is or are made use of as mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

This subsection has effect subject to section 87.

(3)Where subsection (1)(a)(i) applies, the appropriate amount is such proportion of either—

(a)the market value of the property (where the property is transferred free of charge), or

(b)the difference between the market value of the property and the amount of expenses actually incurred by or on behalf of the third party in respect of the property (where the property is transferred at a discount),

as is reasonably attributable to the use made of the property as mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

(4)Where subsection (1)(a)(ii) applies, the appropriate amount is such proportion of either—

(a)the commercial rate for the use of the property or the provision of the services or facilities (where the property, services or facilities is or are provided free of charge), or

(b)the difference between that commercial rate and the amount of expenses actually incurred by or on behalf of the third party in respect of the use of the property or the provision of the services or facilities (where the property, services or facilities is or are provided at a discount),

as is reasonably attributable to the use made of the property, services or facilities as mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

(5)Where the services of an employee are made available by his employer for the use or benefit of a third party, then for the purposes of this section the amount which is to be taken as constituting the commercial rate for the provision of those services shall be the amount of the remuneration and allowances payable to the employee by his employer in respect of the period for which his services are so made available (but shall not include any amount in respect of any contributions or other payments for which the employer is liable i respect of the employee).

(6)Where an amount of controlled expenditure is treated, by virtue of subsection (2), as incurred by or on behalf of a third party during any period the whole or part of which falls within any period which is a regulated period (as defined by section 94(10)(a)), then—

(a)the amount mentioned in subsection (7) shall be treated as incurred by or on behalf of the third party during the regulated period, and

(b)if a return falls to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period, the responsible person shall make a declaration of that amount,

unless that amount is not more than £200.

(7)The amount referred to in subsection (6) is such proportion of the appropriate amount (determined in accordance with subsection (3) or (4)) as reasonably represents the use made of the property, services or facilities as mentioned in subsection (1)(b) during the regulated period.

(8)A person commits an offence if he knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration under subsection (6).

(9)Paragraph 2(5) and (6)(a) of Schedule 11 shall apply with any necessary modifications for the purpose of determining, for the purposes of subsection (1), whether property is transferred to a third party.

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Commencement Information

I2S. 86 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 86 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 86 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

87 Expenditure by third parties which is not controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)No amount of controlled expenditure shall be regarded as incurred by a third party by virtue of section 85 or 86 in respect of—

F13(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)any property, services or facilities to the extent that the property, services or facilities is or are used in circumstances in which—

(i)an amount of campaign expenditure is to be regarded as incurred by or on behalf of a registered party for the purposes of Part V, F14...

(ii)an amount of expenses falls (in accordance with any enactment) to be included in a return as to election expenses in respect of a candidate or candidates at a particular election, [F15or

(iii)an amount of expenses falls to be included in a recall petition return within the meaning of Schedule 5 to the Recall of MPs Act 2015 (see paragraph 1 of that Schedule),]

in respect of that use.

F16(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F17(3)The reference in subsection (1)(b)(i) to circumstances in which an amount of campaign expenditure is to be regarded as incurred by or on behalf of a registered party for the purposes of Part 5 does not include circumstances in which an amount of campaign expenditure is treated as incurred by a registered party under section 94F(2).]

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F14Word in s. 87(1)(b)(i) omitted (4.3.2016) by virtue of Recall of MPs Act 2015 (c. 25), s. 24(3), Sch. 6 para. 6(2)(a); S.I. 2016/290, reg. 2

F15S. 87(1)(b)(iii) and word inserted (4.3.2016) by Recall of MPs Act 2015 (c. 25), s. 24(3), Sch. 6 para. 6(2)(b); S.I. 2016/290, reg. 2

Commencement Information

I3S. 87 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 87 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 87 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

Recognised third partiesE+W+S+N.I.

88 Third parties recognised for the purposes of this Part.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A third party is recognised for the purposes of this Part if—

(a)the third party has given the Commission a notification under this subsection which complies with subsection (3), and

(b)that notification is for the time being in force.

(2)A third party may only give a notification under subsection (1) if the third party is—

(a)an individual resident in the United Kingdom or registered in an electoral register (as defined by section 54(8)) [F18who is not the responsible person in relation to another third party] ,

(b)a registered party [F19other than a Gibraltar party whose entry in the register includes a statement that it intends to contest one or more elections to the European Parliament in the combined region] , or

(c)a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (h) of section 54(2).

[F20(ca)a body incorporated by Royal Charter which does not fall within any of those paragraphs of section 54(2),

(cb)a charitable incorporated organisation within the meaning of Part 11 of the Charities Act 2011 or within the meaning of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008,

(cc)a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation within the meaning of Chapter 7 of Part 1 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 10),

(cd)a partnership constituted under the law of Scotland which carries on business in the United Kingdom,]

[F21(d)an individual who is resident in Gibraltar or is a Gibraltar elector, or

(e)a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) to (g) of section 54(2A).]

(3)A notification under subsection (1) must—

(a)if given by an individual, state—

(i)his full name, and

(ii)his home address in the United Kingdom, or (if he has no such address in the United Kingdom) his home address elsewhere,

F22(iii). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and be signed by him;

(b)if given by a registered party, state—

(i)the party’s registered name,

(ii)the address of its registered headquarters, and

(iii)(in the case of a minor party) the name of the person who will be responsible for compliance on the part of the party with the provisions of Chapter II,

and be signed by the responsible officers of the party (within the meaning of section 64); and

(c)if given by a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (h) of section 54(2) [F23or any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (g) of section 54(2A)] , state—

(i)all such details in respect of the body as are required by virtue of any of sub-paragraphs (4) and (6) to (10) of paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to be given in respect of such a body as the donor of a recordable donation,

[F24(ia)in the case of a body falling within any of paragraphs (b) and (d) to (h) of section 54(2), the names of the relevant participators in relation to the body (see subsection (3B)),]and

(ii)the name of the person or officer who will be responsible for compliance on the part of the body with the provisions of Chapter II,

and be signed by the body’s secretary or a person who acts in a similar capacity in relation to the body.

[F25(d)if given by a body falling within any of paragraphs (ca) to (cd) of subsection (2), state—

(i)the relevant details in relation to the body (see subsection (3C)), and

(ii)the name of the person or officer who will be responsible for compliance on the part of the body with the provisions of Chapter 2,

and be signed by the body's secretary or a person who acts in a similar capacity in relation to the body.]

[F26(3A)A notification given by a third party does not comply with the requirement in subsection (3)(b)(iii) [F27, (c)(ii) or (d)(ii)] (to state the name of the person who will be responsible for compliance) if the person whose name is stated is—

(a)the responsible person in relation to another third party,

(b)an individual who gives a notification under subsection (1) at the same time, or

(c)the person whose name is stated, in purported compliance with the requirement in subsection (3)(b)(iii) [F27, (c)(ii) or (d)(ii)] , in a notification given at the same time by another third party.

In this subsection “the person”, in relation to a notification to which subsection (3)(c) [F28or (d)] applies, is to be read as “the person or officer”.]

[F29(3B)For the purposes of subsection (3)(c), the “relevant participators” in relation to a body are—

(a)in the case of a body falling with section 54(2)(b) (companies), the body's directors;

(b)in the case of a body falling within section 54(2)(d) (trade unions), the body's officers (within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992: see section 119 of that Act);

(c)in the case of a body falling within section 54(2)(e) (building societies), the body's directors;

(d)in the case of a body falling within section 54(2)(f) (limited liability partnerships), the body's members;

(e)in the case of a body falling within section 54(2)(g) (friendly societies etc)—

(i)where the body is a friendly society, the members of the body's committee of management;

(ii)otherwise, the members of the body's committee of management or other directing body;

(f)in the case of a body falling within section 54(2)(h) (unincorporated associations)—

(i)where the body has more than 15 members and has officers or a governing body, those officers or the members of that governing body;

(ii)otherwise, the body's members.

(3C)For the purposes of subsection (3)(d), the “relevant details” in relation to a body are—

(a)in the case of a body falling within subsection (2)(ca) (body incorporated by Royal Charter)—

(i)the name of the body,

(ii)the address of its main office in the United Kingdom, and

(iii)the names of its officers or the members of its governing body;

(b)in the case of a body falling within subsection (2)(cb) or (cc) (charitable incorporated organisation)—

(i)the name of the body,

(ii)the address of its principal office, and

(iii)the names of its charity trustees within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011, the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 or the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 10);

(c)in the case of a body falling within subsection (2)(cd) (Scottish partnership)—

(i)the name of the body,

(ii)the address of its main office in the United Kingdom, and

(iii)the names of the partners.]

(4)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a notification under subsection (1) (“the original notification”)—

(a)shall be in force as from the date on which it is received by the Commission, but

(b)shall, subject to subsection (5), lapse at the end of the period of three months beginning with any anniversary of that date unless the third party notifies the Commission that the third party wishes the original notification to continue in force.

(5)Where—

(a)the original notification would apart from this subsection lapse under subsection (4)(b) at the end of any such period of three months as is mentioned in that provision, but

(b)the end of that period falls within any regulated period at the end of which a return will fall to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during the regulated period,

the original notification shall be treated, for all purposes connected with controlled expenditure so incurred during the regulated period, as lapsing at the end of that period instead.

(6)A notification under subsection (4)(b) (“the renewal notification”) must either—

(a)confirm that all the statements contained in the original notification, as it has effect for the time being, are accurate; or

(b)indicate that any statement contained in that notification, as it so has effect, is replaced by some other statement conforming with subsection (3).

(7)A notification under subsection (4)(b) must be received by the Commission during the period beginning one month before the relevant anniversary for the purposes of that provision and ending three months after it.

(8)A third party may, at any time after giving the original notification, give the Commission a notification (“a notification of alteration”) indicating that any statement contained in the original notification, as it has effect for the time being, is replaced by some other statement—

(a)contained in the notification of alteration, and

(b)conforming with subsection (3).

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Commencement Information

I4S. 88 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 88 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 88 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

89 Register of notifications for purposes of section 88.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commission shall maintain a register of all notifications given to them under section 88(1) which are for the time being in force.

(2)The register shall be maintained by the Commission in such form as they may determine and shall contain, in the case of each such notification, all the information contained in the notification as it has effect for the time being in accordance with section 88.

(3)Where any notification is given to the Commission under section 88, they shall cause all the information contained in the notification, or (as the case may be) any new information contained in it, to be entered in the register as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(4)The information to be entered in the register in respect of a third party who is an individual shall, however, not include his home address.

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I5S. 89 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 89 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 89 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

Chapter IIE+W+S+N.I. Financial controls

General restrictions relating to controlled expenditure by recognised third partiesE+W+S+N.I.

90 Restriction on incurring controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)No amount of controlled expenditure shall be incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party unless it is incurred with the authority of—

(a)the responsible person; or

(b)a person authorised in writing by the responsible person.

(2)A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, he incurs any expenses in contravention of subsection (1).

(3)Where, in the case of a recognised third party that is a registered party, any expenses are incurred in contravention of subsection (1), the expenses shall not count for the purposes of sections 94 to [F3099A] or Schedule 10 as controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the recognised third party.

[F31(4)This section does not apply in relation to a recognised Gibraltar third party except in relation to controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of that party during the period of four months ending with the date of the poll for a general election to the European Parliament.]

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Commencement Information

I6S. 90 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 90 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 90 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

91 Restriction on payments in respect of controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)No payment (of whatever nature) may be made in respect of any controlled expenditure incurred or to be incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party unless it is made by—

(a)the responsible person, or

(b)a person authorised in writing by the responsible person.

(2)Any payment made in respect of any such expenditure by a person within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1) must be supported by an invoice or a receipt unless it is not more than £200.

(3)Where a person within paragraph (b) of subsection (1) makes a payment to which subsection (2) applies, he must deliver to the responsible person—

(a)notification that he has made the payment, and

(b)the supporting invoice or receipt,

as soon as possible after making the payment.

(4)A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse—

(a)he makes any payment in contravention of subsection (1), or

(b)he contravenes subsection (3).

[F32(5)This section does not apply in relation to a recognised Gibraltar third party except in relation to controlled expenditure incurred or to be incurred by or on behalf of that party during the period of four months ending with the date of the poll for a general election to the European Parliament.]

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Commencement Information

I7S. 91 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 91 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 91 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

92 Restriction on making claims in respect of controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A claim for payment in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during any period which is a regulated period (as defined by section 94(10)(a)) shall not be payable if the claim is not sent to—

(a)the responsible person, or

(b)any other person authorised under section 90 to incur the expenditure,

not later than [F3330 days] after the end of the regulated period.

(2)Any claim sent in accordance with subsection (1) shall be paid not later than [F3460 days] after the end of the regulated period.

(3)A person commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse—

(a)he pays any claim which by virtue of subsection (1) is not payable, or

(b)he makes any payment in respect of a claim after the end of the period allowed under subsection (2).

(4)In the case of any claim to which subsection (1) applies—

(a)the person making the claim, or

(b)the person with whose authority the expenditure in question was incurred,

may apply [F35in England and Wales to the High Court or the county court or, in Northern Ireland,] to the High Court or a county court or, in Scotland, to the Court of Session or the sheriff for leave for the claim to be paid although sent in after the end of the period mentioned in that subsection; and the court, if satisfied that for any special reason it is appropriate to do so, may by order grant the leave.

(5)Nothing in subsection (1) or (2) shall apply in relation to any sum paid in pursuance of the order of leave.

(6)Subsection (2) is without prejudice to any rights of a creditor of a recognised third party to obtain payment before the end of the period allowed under that subsection.

(7)Subsections (7) to [F36(11)] of section 77 shall apply for the purposes of this section as if—

(a)any reference to subsection (1), (2) or (4) of that section were a reference to subsection (1), (2) or (4) above;

(b)any reference to campaign expenditure were a reference to controlled expenditure; and

(c)any reference to the treasurer or deputy treasurer of the registered party were a reference to the responsible person in relation to the recognised third party.

[F37(8)In [F38its application to Gibraltar, subsection (4) has effect as if for the words between “apply” and “leave” there were substituted “ to the Gibraltar court for ”.]]

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F35Words in s. 92(4) inserted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 9 para. 121(b); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(c) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F38Words in s. 92(8) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 9 para. 121(c); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(c) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

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I8S. 92 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 92 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 92 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

93 Disputed claims.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies where—

(a)a claim for payment in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party as mentioned in section 92(1) is sent to—

(i)the responsible person, or

(ii)any other person with whose authority it is alleged that the expenditure was incurred,

within the period allowed under that provision; and

(b)the responsible person or other person to whom the claim is sent fails or refuses to pay the claim within the period allowed under section 92(2);

and the claim is referred to in this section as “the disputed claim”.

(2)The person by whom the disputed claim is made may bring an action for the disputed claim, and nothing in section 92(2) shall apply in relation to any sum paid in pursuance of any judgment or order made by a court in the proceedings.

(3)For the purposes of this section—

(a)subsections (4) and (5) of section 92 shall apply in relation to an application made by the person mentioned in subsection (1)(b) above for leave to pay the disputed claim as they apply in relation to an application for leave to pay a claim (whether it is disputed or otherwise) which is sent in after the period allowed under section 92(1); and

(b)subsections (7) and (8) of section 77 shall apply as if any reference to subsection (4) of that section were a reference to section 92(4) as applied by paragraph (a) above.

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I9S. 93 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 93 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 93 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

Financial limits [F39on controlled expenditure] E+W+S+N.I.

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94 Limits on controlled expenditure by third parties.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Schedule 10 has effect for imposing limits on controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of recognised third parties in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland[F40, or in particular parliamentary constituencies,] during the periods specified in that Schedule.

(2)Where during a regulated period any controlled expenditure is incurred in a relevant part of the United Kingdom [F41or a parliamentary constituency] by or on behalf of a recognised third party in excess of the limit imposed by Schedule 10 in relation to that period and part of the United Kingdom [F42or parliamentary constituency], then—

(a)if the third party is not an individual—

(i)the responsible person is guilty of an offence if he authorised the expenditure to be incurred by or on behalf of the third party and he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of that limit, and

(ii)the third party is also guilty of an offence;

(b)if the third party is an individual, he is guilty of an offence if he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of that limit.

(3)Subsection (4) applies where—

[F43(a)either—

(i)during a regulated period, any controlled expenditure is incurred in a part of the United Kingdom by or on behalf of a third party in excess of the limit for that part of the United Kingdom mentioned in subsection (5), or

(ii)during a regulated period in relation to which any limit is imposed by paragraph 3, 9, 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections), any controlled expenditure is incurred in a particular parliamentary constituency by or on behalf of a third party in excess of the limit mentioned in subsection (5ZA),] and

(b)the third party is not a recognised third party.

[F44(3A)For provision requiring certain controlled expenditure to be disregarded in determining for the purposes of subsection (3)(a) whether a limit is exceeded, see section 94B(3) (arrangements between third parties notified to the Commission).]

(4)In [F45the case mentioned in subsection (3)]

(a)if the third party is not an individual—

(i)any person who authorised the expenditure to be incurred by or on behalf of the third party is guilty of an offence if he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of that limit, and

(ii)the third party is also guilty of an offence;

(b)if the third party is an individual, he is guilty of an offence if he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of that limit.

[F46(4A)It is a defence for any person or third party charged with an offence under subsection (2) or (4) to show—

(a)that any code of practice for the time being issued under paragraph 3 of Schedule 8A was complied with in determining whether any expenditure is controlled expenditure for the purposes of this Part, and

(b)that the offence would not have been committed on the basis of the controlled expenditure as determined in accordance with the code.]

(5)The limits referred to in subsection [F47(3)(a)(i)] are as follows—

(a)[F48£20,000 ] for England; and

(b)[F49£10,000 ] for each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

[F50(5ZA)The limit referred to in subsection (3)(a)(ii) is 0.05% of the total of the maximum campaign expenditure limits in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.]

[F51(5A)Subsections (3) to [F52(5ZA)] [F53and section 94B(3) to (7)] apply to a recognised Gibraltar third party as they apply to a third party that is not a recognised third party, subject to the following modification namely that for the purposes of [F54those provisions] any expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the recognised Gibraltar third party during the period of four months ending with the date of the poll for a general election to the European Parliament is to be disregarded.]

(6)Where—

(a)during a regulated period any controlled expenditure is incurred in a particular part of the United Kingdom [F55or a particular parliamentary constituency] by or on behalf of a third party, and

(b)the expenditure is so incurred in pursuance of a plan or other arrangement whereby controlled expenditure is to be incurred by or on behalf of—

(i)that third party, and

(ii)one or more other third parties,

respectively [F56and the expenditure] can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve a common purpose falling within section [F5785(2)(b)],

the expenditure mentioned in paragraph (a) shall be treated for the purposes of this section [F58, sections 94D to 94H] and Schedule 10 as having also been incurred, during the period and in the part of the United Kingdom [F59or parliamentary constituency] concerned, by or on behalf of the other third party (or, as the case may be, each of the other third parties) mentioned in paragraph (b)(ii).

(7)Subsection (6) applies whether or not any of the third parties in question is a recognised third party.

(8)Where—

(a)at any time before the beginning of any regulated period any expenses within section 85(2) are incurred by or on behalf of a third party in respect of any property, services or facilities, but

(b)the property, services or facilities is or are made use of by or on behalf of the third party during the regulated period in circumstances such that, had any expenses been incurred in respect of that use during that period, they would by virtue of section 85(2) have constituted controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period,

the appropriate proportion of the expenses mentioned in paragraph (a) shall be treated for the purposes of this section[F60, sections 94A and 94B][F61, sections 94D to 94H], sections 96 to [F6299A] and Schedule 10 as controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period.

(9)For the purposes of subsection (8) the appropriate proportion of the expenses mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection is such proportion of those expenses as is reasonably attributable to the use made of the property, services or facilities as mentioned in paragraph (b).

(10)For the purposes of this section[F63, sections 94A and 94B][F64, sections 94D to 94H], sections 96 to [F6599A] and Schedule 10—

(a)a “regulated period” is [F66(subject to subsection (11))] a period in relation to which any limit is imposed by Schedule 10;

(b)any reference to controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period includes any controlled expenditure so incurred during that period at any time before the third party became a recognised third party;

(c)a part of the United Kingdom is a “relevant part” if any limit imposed by Schedule 10 applies to controlled expenditure which is incurred in that part; F67...

(d)any reference to controlled expenditure being incurred in a part of the United Kingdom shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 2 of that Schedule.

[F68(e)the “maximum campaign expenditure limit” in a part of the United Kingdom is the limit imposed by paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 in relation to campaign expenditure incurred in the relevant period (within the meaning of that paragraph) by or on behalf of a registered party which contests all the constituencies in that part (and to which sub-paragraph (6) of that paragraph does not apply).]

[F69(f)any reference to controlled expenditure being incurred in a parliamentary constituency shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 2A of Schedule 10.]

[F70(11)As respects a recognised Gibraltar third party, the periods in relation to which paragraphs 3 and 5 to 11 of Schedule 10 impose limits—

(a)are regulated periods for the purposes of this section [F71and sections 94A and 94B], but

(b)are not regulated periods for the purposes of sections 92, 93 and 96 to [F7299A].]

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Commencement Information

I10S. 94 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 94 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 94 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

[F7394AArrangements between third parties notified to the CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)A recognised third party may, at any time before the end of a regulated period, send a notice to the Commission—

(a)stating that it is party to an arrangement of the kind mentioned in section 94(6),

(b)undertaking to be a lead campaigner in relation to the arrangement, and

(c)identifying one or more other third parties that are parties to the arrangement and have undertaken to be minor campaigners in relation to it.

(2)A recognised third party that has sent a notice under subsection (1) may, at any time before the end of the regulated period, send one or more supplementary notices to the Commission identifying additional third parties that are parties to the arrangement and have undertaken to be minor campaigners in relation to it.

(3)As from the date of receipt by the Commission of—

(a)a notice under subsection (1), the recognised third party that sent the notice becomes “a lead campaigner” in relation to the arrangement;

(b)a notice under subsection (1) or (2), a third party identified in the notice becomes “a minor campaigner” in relation to the arrangement.

(4)A notice under subsection (1) or (2) may not—

(a)identify as a minor campaigner a third party that is a lead campaigner in relation to the same arrangement, or

(b)be sent by a recognised Gibraltar third party.

(5)The Commission must, as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving—

(a)a notice under subsection (1), enter in the register maintained under section 89 (register of notifications) the fact that the recognised third party that sent the notice is a lead campaigner in relation to the arrangement;

(b)a notice under subsection (1) or (2), enter in that register the name of each third party identified in the notice and the fact that it is a minor campaigner in relation to the arrangement.

(6)For provision about the effect of sending a notice under this section, see section 94B.

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94BEffect where arrangements are notified under section 94AE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subsection (2) applies where controlled expenditure is incurred during a regulated period in a part of the United Kingdom—

(a)by or on behalf of a minor campaigner in relation to an arrangement, and

(b)in pursuance of the arrangement.

(2)The expenditure is treated for the purposes of sections 96 to 99A (returns as to controlled expenditure) as having also been incurred, during the period and in the part of the United Kingdom concerned, by or on behalf of any lead campaigner in relation to the arrangement who sent a notice under section 94A(1) or (2) identifying the minor campaigner.

(3)In determining for the purposes of section 94(3)(a) whether a limit is exceeded by a third party during a regulated period, controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party is to be disregarded if—

(a)conditions A and B are met in relation to the expenditure, and

(b)condition C is met.

(4)Condition A is that the expenditure—

(a)is incurred in pursuance of an arrangement that has been notified to the Commission under section 94A(1), and

(b)is, by virtue of section 94(6), treated for the purposes of section 94 and Schedule 10 as incurred by or on behalf of the third party.

(5)Condition B is that the third party is, at the time the expenditure is incurred, a minor campaigner in relation to the arrangement.

(6)Condition C is that—

(a)the total of the controlled expenditure incurred during the regulated period in any part of the United Kingdom by or on behalf of the third party, disregarding any expenditure in relation to which conditions A and B are met, does not exceed the limit for that part mentioned in section 94(5), and

(b)in the case of a regulated period in relation to which any limit is imposed by paragraph 3, 9 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections), the total of the controlled expenditure incurred during the regulated period in any particular constituency by or on behalf of the third party, disregarding any expenditure in relation to which conditions A and B are met, does not exceed the limit mentioned in section 94(5ZA).

(7)References in subsection (6) to controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party include controlled expenditure that is, by virtue of section 94(6), treated for the purposes of section 94 and Schedule 10 as so incurred.]

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[F74Financial limits on targeted controlled expenditureE+W+S+N.I.

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94COverview of sections 94D to 94HE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Sections 94D to 94H impose limits on, and make other provision relating to, controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party where the expenditure is targeted at a particular registered party.

(2)Section 94D defines when controlled expenditure is regarded as targeted at a particular registered party, specifies the limits and specifies the periods over which the limits operate.

(3)Section 94E makes provision about the consequences where controlled expenditure targeted at a registered party is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in excess of a limit without authorisation from the registered party.

(4)Section 94F makes provision about the consequences where controlled expenditure targeted at a registered party is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in excess of a limit with authorisation from the registered party.

(5)Section 94G makes provision about how a registered party may give or withdraw authorisation (including provision enabling the registered party to specify a cap on the amount of expenditure authorised).

(6)Section 94H makes provision about the meaning of references to expenditure that “exceeds” a targeted expenditure limit or cap.

94DMeaning of “targeted”, “targeted expenditure limit” etcE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Controlled expenditure is “targeted” at a particular registered party if it can reasonably be regarded as—

(a)intended to benefit that party or any of its candidates, and

(b)not intended to benefit any other registered party or any of its candidates.

(2)A limit (a “targeted expenditure limit”) applies to controlled expenditure that—

(a)is incurred during a qualifying regulated period in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and

(b)is targeted at a particular registered party.

(3)A “qualifying regulated period” is a period in relation to which limits are imposed by paragraph 3, 9, 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections).

(4)The targeted expenditure limit applying to controlled expenditure incurred during a qualifying regulated period in a part of the United Kingdom is—

(a)for the period in relation to which limits are imposed by paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 10, 0.2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit in that part of the United Kingdom, and

(b)for any other qualifying regulated period, the relevant proportion of the limit determined in accordance with paragraph (a).

(5)In subsection (4)(b) “the relevant proportion” means—

where—

A is the number of days in the period mentioned in subsection (4)(b);

B is the number of days in the period mentioned in subsection (4)(a).

(6)This section applies for the purposes of sections 94E to 94H.

94EUnauthorised expenditure in excess of targeted expenditure limitE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if—

(a)controlled expenditure which is targeted at a particular registered party (“the registered party”) is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party (“the third party”),

(b)the expenditure exceeds a targeted expenditure limit (to any extent), and

(c)at the time the expenditure is incurred—

(i)the third party is not authorised by the registered party to incur expenditure targeted at it, or

(ii)the third party is so authorised, but the expenditure exceeds a cap specified in the authorisation (to any extent).

(2)If the third party is not an individual—

(a)the responsible person is guilty of an offence if the person authorised the expenditure to be incurred by or on behalf of the third party and the person knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of the targeted expenditure limit, and

(b)the third party is also guilty of an offence.

(3)If the third party is an individual, the third party is guilty of an offence if the third party knew or ought reasonably to have known that the expenditure would be incurred in excess of the targeted expenditure limit.

(4)It is a defence for a third party charged with an offence under subsection (2) or (3) to show—

(a)that any code of practice for the time being issued under paragraph 3 of Schedule 8A was complied with in determining whether any expenditure is controlled expenditure for the purposes of this Part, and

(b)that the offence would not have been committed on the basis of the controlled expenditure as determined in accordance with the code.

94FAuthorised expenditure in excess of targeted expenditure limitE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if—

(a)controlled expenditure which is targeted at a particular registered party (“the registered party”) is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party (“the third party”),

(b)the expenditure exceeds a targeted expenditure limit (to any extent),

(c)at the time the expenditure is incurred the third party is authorised by the registered party to incur expenditure targeted at it, and

(d)if the registered party specified a cap in the authorisation, the expenditure, or any part of it, does not exceed the cap.

(2)The authorised amount is treated for the purposes of section 79(2) (limits on campaign expenditure) as if—

(a)it were campaign expenditure within the meaning of Part 5, and

(b)it was incurred by the registered party at the same time as the controlled expenditure mentioned in subsection (1)(a) was in fact incurred by or on behalf of the third party.

(3)For the purposes of this section, “the authorised amount” is the amount of the controlled expenditure incurred as mentioned in subsection (1)(a) less—

(a)such amount, if any, of that expenditure as does not exceed the targeted expenditure limit, and

(b)such amount, if any, of that expenditure as exceeds a cap specified by the registered party in its authorisation of the third party.

(4)In determining whether, by virtue of subsection (2), the incurring of controlled expenditure by or on behalf of the third party constitutes an offence under section 79(2) by the treasurer or any deputy treasurer of the registered party, section 79(2)(a)(i) is treated as if the reference in that provision to the authorisation of the expenditure were to the signing of the authorisation under section 94G.

(5)The treasurer or a deputy treasurer of the registered party must make a declaration of—

(a)the amount of the controlled expenditure incurred as mentioned in subsection (1)(a), and

(b)the authorised amount.

(6)A person commits an offence if the person knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration under subsection (5).

94GAuthorisationE+W+S+N.I.

(1)A registered party may authorise a recognised third party to incur controlled expenditure in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland that is targeted at the registered party.

(2)An authorisation—

(a)must be in writing,

(b)must be signed by a relevant officer,

(c)must specify the part of the United Kingdom to which it relates, and

(d)may specify a cap on the amount of expenditure authorised.

(3)An authorisation is of no effect until a copy of it has been given to the Commission by the registered party.

(4)The Commission must, as soon as is reasonably practicable after receiving a copy of an authorisation, enter in the register maintained under section 89 (register of notifications)—

(a)the fact that the registered party has given the authorisation, and

(b)the information specified in it.

(5)A registered party may at any time withdraw an authorisation already given.

(6)A withdrawal of an authorisation—

(a)must be in writing, and

(b)must be signed by a relevant officer.

(7)A withdrawal of an authorisation is of no effect until a copy of it has been given to the Commission by the registered party.

(8)The Commission must, as soon as is reasonably practicable after receiving a copy of a withdrawal of an authorisation, update the register maintained under section 89.

(9)For the purposes of this section “relevant officer”, in relation to a registered party, means—

(a)the treasurer of the party, or

(b)a deputy treasurer of the party.

94HExpenditure that “exceeds” a targeted expenditure limit or capE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a qualifying regulated period in any part of the United Kingdom that is targeted at a particular registered party “exceeds”—

(a)a targeted expenditure limit, or

(b)a cap specified by the registered party in its authorisation of the third party,

if and to the extent that the relevant cumulative total is in excess of that limit or cap.

(2)For this purpose “the relevant cumulative total” is the total of—

(a)the controlled expenditure incurred as mentioned in subsection (1), and

(b)the total of any controlled expenditure targeted at the same registered party which has already been incurred by or on behalf of the third party during the qualifying regulated period in that part of the United Kingdom.]

Donations to recognised third partiesE+W+S+N.I.

95 Control of donations to recognised third parties.E+W+S+N.I.

Schedule 11 has effect for controlling donations to recognised third parties which either are not registered parties or are minor parties.

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I11S. 95 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 95 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 95 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

[F7595ZAControl of donation to recognised third parties: power of Scottish MinistersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The powers under the following provisions of Schedule 11 are exercisable by the Scottish Ministers instead of the Secretary of State, so far as they relate to polls at elections for membership of the Scottish Parliament—

(a)paragraph 3(4) (power to change meaning of defined expenses and sponsorship),

(b)paragraph 6A(6) (power to make regulations about how the value of a benefit is calculated), and

(c)paragraph 6B(4) (power to make regulations about the retention of declarations).

(2)For the purposes of the exercise by the Scottish Ministers of the powers mentioned in subsection (1), paragraphs 3, 6A and 6B of Schedule 11 apply as if any reference to the Secretary of State was a reference to the Scottish Ministers.

(3)Subsection (1) does not apply to a power so far as it relates to circumstances where a limit applies to expenditure in relation to a period determined by reference both to the date of the poll for an election for membership of the Scottish Parliament and to the date of any other election.]

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F75S. 95ZA inserted (18.5.2017) by Scotland Act 2016 (c. 11), ss. 7(4), 72(4)(a) (with s. 7(5)); S.I. 2017/608, reg. 2(1)(e)

[F76Quarterly and weekly reports of donations to recognised third partiesE+W+S+N.I.

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95AQuarterly donation reportsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The responsible person in relation to a recognised third party must, in respect of each reporting period that falls within a pre-dissolution period, prepare a report about reportable donations (“a quarterly report”).

(2)The reporting periods are—

(a)the period of 3 months beginning with the first day of the pre-dissolution period,

(b)each succeeding period of 3 months falling within the pre-dissolution period, and

(c)any final period of less than 3 months falling within that period.

(3)A “pre-dissolution period” means a period—

(a)beginning with the first day of a qualifying regulated period, and

(b)ending with the day before the day (or the last day) during that qualifying regulated period on which Parliament is dissolved.

(4)A “qualifying regulated period” is a period in relation to which any limit is imposed by paragraph 3, 9, 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections) other than a period including the date of the poll for an early parliamentary general election.

(5)An “early parliamentary general election” is a parliamentary general election the date of the poll for which is appointed under section 2(7) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

(6)A quarterly report must comply with the requirements of Schedule 11A.

(7)A “reportable donation” means a relevant donation (within the meaning of Schedule 11) which—

(a)is received by the recognised third party in respect of the relevant election or elections the poll or polls for which take place during the qualifying regulated period, and

(b)is accepted, or is dealt with in accordance with section 56(2) (as applied by paragraph 7 of Schedule 11), by the recognised third party during the reporting period.

(8)A quarterly report must be delivered to the Commission by the responsible person within the period of 30 days beginning with the end of the reporting period to which it relates.

(9)The report must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the responsible person stating that, to the best of that person's knowledge and belief—

(a)all reportable donations (if any) recorded in the report as having been accepted by the recognised third party are from permissible donors, and

(b)there are no reportable donations which are required to be recorded in the report in accordance with Schedule 11A which are not so recorded.

(10)This section does not require the preparation of a quarterly report in respect of a reporting period if no reportable donations are accepted, or dealt with, as described in subsection (7)(b), by the recognised third party during that period.

(11)This section does not apply in relation to—

(a)a recognised third party which is a registered party other than a minor party, or

(b)a recognised Gibraltar third party.

95BWeekly donation reports during general election periodsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The responsible person in relation to a recognised third party must, in respect of each reporting period that falls within a general election period, prepare a report about substantial donations (“a weekly report”).

(2)The reporting periods are—

(a)the period of 7 days beginning with the first day of the general election period,

(b)each succeeding period of 7 days falling within the general election period, and

(c)any final period of less than 7 days falling within that period.

(3)A “general election period” means the period—

(a)beginning with the day on which Parliament is dissolved for a parliamentary general election, and

(b)ending with the date during a qualifying regulated period which is the date of the poll for that election.

(4)A weekly report must comply with the requirements of Schedule 11A.

(5)A “substantial donation” means a relevant donation of a substantial value which is received by the recognised third party during the reporting period in respect of the relevant election or elections the poll or polls for which take place during the qualifying regulated period.

(6)A relevant donation is “of a substantial value” if its value (as determined in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 11) is more than £7,500.

(7)A weekly report must be delivered to the Commission by the responsible person within the period of 7 days beginning with the end of the reporting period to which it relates.

(8)The report must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the responsible person stating that, to the best of that person's knowledge and belief, no substantial donations have been received by the recognised third party during the reporting period which are required to be recorded in the report in accordance with Schedule 11A and are not so recorded.

(9)This section does not require the preparation of a weekly report in respect of a reporting period if no substantial donations are received by the recognised third party during that period.

(10)In this section—

  • qualifying regulated period” means a period in relation to which any limit is imposed by paragraph 3, 9, 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections);

  • relevant donation” has the same meaning as in Schedule 11.

(11)This section does not apply in relation to—

(a)a recognised third party which is a registered party other than a minor party, or

(b)a recognised Gibraltar third party.

95CRelated offencesE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The responsible person in relation to a recognised third party commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, the responsible person—

(a)fails to deliver a quarterly or weekly report in accordance with section 95A(8) or 95B(7),

(b)delivers a quarterly or weekly report to the Commission without the accompanying declaration required under section 95A(9) or 95B(8), or

(c)delivers a quarterly or weekly report to the Commission which does not comply with the requirements of Schedule 11A.

(2)The responsible person in relation to a recognised third party commits an offence if the person knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration under section 95A(9) or 95B(8).

95DForfeitureE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The court may, on an application made by the Commission, order the forfeiture by a recognised third party of an amount equal to the value of a relevant donation where the court is satisfied that—

(a)a failure by the responsible person to deliver a quarterly or weekly report in accordance with section 95A(8) or 95B(7), or

(b)the delivery by the responsible person of a quarterly or weekly report which fails to comply with a requirement of Schedule 11A,

was attributable to an intention on the part of any person to conceal the existence or true amount of the donation.

(2)The standard of proof in proceedings on an application under this section is that applicable to civil proceedings.

(3)A forfeiture order may be made under this section whether or not proceedings are brought against any person for an offence connected with the donation.

(4)In this section “the court” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, a magistrates' court;

(b)in relation to Scotland, the sheriff;

(c)in relation to Northern Ireland, a court of summary jurisdiction.

(5)Proceedings on an application under this section to the sheriff are civil proceedings.

(6)Sections 59 and 60 (appeals etc against forfeiture orders) apply for the purposes, or in connection with the operation, of this section in relation to a recognised third party as they apply for the purposes, or in connection with the operation, of section 58 in relation to a registered party.

(7)In this section “relevant donation” has the same meaning as in Schedule 11.

95ESections 95A to 95D: supplementaryE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies where the requirements in section 95A or 95B to prepare quarterly or weekly reports in the case of a pre-dissolution period or a general election period have effect in relation to a recognised third party.

(2)If the third party's notification under section 88(1) lapses during the pre-dissolution period or the general election period, the requirements in section 95A or 95B (as the case may be) continue to have effect in relation to the third party—

(a)in respect of the reporting period in which the notification lapses, and

(b)in respect of each reporting period (if any) which preceded that period and which falls within the pre-dissolution period or the general election period.

(3)If the third party's notification under section 88(1) lapses at or after the end of the pre-dissolution period or the general election period, the requirements in section 95A or 95B (as the case may be) continue to have effect in relation to the third party in the case of that period.

(4)In a case where subsection (2) or (3) applies, references in sections 95A to 95D to the responsible person are to be read, for the purposes of, or in connection with, the discharge of obligations of the responsible person under those sections, as references to the person who was the responsible person in relation to the recognised third party immediately before the notification lapsed.

(5)In this section—

(a)“pre-dissolution period” and “reporting period”, in relation to a quarterly report, have the same meaning as in section 95A, and

(b)“general election period” and “reporting period”, in relation to a weekly report, have the same meaning as in section 95B.

95FPublic inspection of reportsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where the Commission receive a quarterly or weekly report under section 95A or 95B, they must—

(a)as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving the report, make a copy of the report, and of any documents accompanying it, available for public inspection, and

(b)keep any such copy available for public inspection for the period for which the report or other document is kept by them.

(2)The Commission must secure that the copy of the report made available for public inspection does not include, in the case of any donation by an individual, the donor's address.

(3)At the end of the period of 2 years beginning with the date when any report or other document mentioned in subsection (1) is received by the Commission—

(a)they may cause the report or other document to be destroyed, but

(b)if requested to do so by the responsible person in relation to the third party concerned, they must arrange for the report or other document to be returned to that person.]

ReturnsE+W+S+N.I.

96 Returns as to controlled expenditure.E+W+S+N.I.

[F77(1)Subsection (1A) applies where—

(a)during a regulated period, any controlled expenditure is incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in a relevant part of the United Kingdom, and

(b)the incurring of that expenditure would, if the third party had not been recognised, have been an offence under section 94(4) (whether because it was incurred in excess of a limit mentioned in section 94(5) or 94(5ZA)).

(1A)The responsible person must prepare a return in respect of the controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period in each relevant part of the United Kingdom.]

(2)A return under this section must specify the poll for the relevant election (or, as the case may be, the polls for the relevant elections) that took place during the regulated period in question, and must contain—

(a)a statement of all payments made in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period in the relevant part or parts of the United Kingdom;

[F78(aa)a statement listing each constituency (if any) in which the controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period exceeded 0.04% of the total of the maximum campaign expenditure limits in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;

(ab)a statement showing, for each constituency listed under paragraph (aa), all payments made in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of the third party during that period in that constituency;]

(b)a statement of all disputed claims (within the meaning of section 93) of which the responsible person is aware;

(c)a statement of all the unpaid claims (if any) of which the responsible person is aware in respect of which an application has been made, or is about to be made, to a court under section 92(4); and

(d)in a case where the third party either is not a registered party or is a minor party, a statement of relevant donations received by the third party in respect of the relevant election or elections which complies with the requirements of paragraphs 10 and 11 of Schedule 11.

(3)A return under this section must be accompanied by—

(a)all invoices or receipts relating to the payments mentioned in subsection (2)(a) [F79or (ab)] ; and

(b)in the case of any controlled expenditure treated as incurred by the third party by virtue of section 86, any declaration falling to be made with respect to that expenditure in accordance with section 86(6).

(4)Where, however, any payments or claims falling to be dealt with in a return by virtue of subsection (2) have already been dealt with in an earlier return under this section—

(a)it shall be sufficient for the later return to deal with those payments or claims by specifying overall amounts in respect of them; and

(b)the requirement imposed by subsection (3) does not apply to any invoices, receipts or declarations which accompanied the earlier return and are specified as such in the later return.

(5)Subsections (2) to (4) do not apply to any controlled expenditure incurred at any time before the third party became a recognised third party, but the return must be accompanied by a declaration made by the responsible person of the total amount of such expenditure incurred at any such time.

(6)The Commission may by regulations prescribe a form of return which may be used for the purposes of this section.

(7)Where subsection [F80(1A)] applies in relation to a recognised third party and any regulated period—

(a)the requirements as to the preparation of a return under this section in respect of controlled expenditure F81... shall have effect in relation to the third party despite the third party ceasing to be a recognised third party at or after the end of the regulated period by virtue of the lapse of the third party’s notification under section 88(1); and

(b)for the purposes of, or in connection with, the discharge of obligations of the responsible person under this section and sections 98 and 99 in relation to any such return, references to the responsible person shall be read as references to the person who was the responsible person in relation to the third party immediately before that notification lapsed.

(8)In this section “relevant donation” has the same meaning as in Schedule 11.

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Commencement Information

I12S. 96 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 96 partly in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(3); s. 96 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

[F8296AStatement of accountsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where—

(a)a return falls to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period, and

(b)the period is one in relation to which any limit is imposed by paragraph 3, 9, 10 or 11 of Schedule 10 (periods involving parliamentary general elections),

the responsible person must, subject to subsections (8) and (9), also prepare a statement of accounts in respect of the regulated period.

(2)A statement of accounts under this section must include—

(a)a statement of the income and expenditure of the third party for the regulated period, and

(b)a statement of its assets and liabilities at the end of that period.

(3)A statement of accounts under this section must comply with such requirements as to the form and contents of the statement as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Commission.

(4)Regulations under subsection (3) may in particular—

(a)require any statement of accounts to be prepared in accordance with such methods and principles as are specified or referred to in the regulations;

(b)specify information which is to be provided by way of notes to the accounts.

(5)Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 22(7) of Schedule 1 (power to make different provision for different cases), regulations under subsection (3) may impose different requirements according to which of the following bands the gross income or total expenditure of a third party falls within—

(a)not exceeding £25,000;

(b)exceeding £25,000 but not £100,000;

(c)exceeding £100,000 but not £250,000;

(d)exceeding £250,000.

(6)The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (5) by varying the number of bands set out in it.

(7)The Secretary of State may not make an order under subsection (6) except to give effect to a recommendation of the Commission.

(8)This section does not apply if the third party is an individual.

(9)This section does not apply to a third party in relation to a regulated period if the Commission are satisfied—

(a)that a statement or statements prepared or to be prepared by the third party under any enactment contains or will contain the information required by subsection (2) or equivalent information, and

(b)that the Commission are, or will be, able to inspect that statement or those statements.

(10)Equivalent information is—

(a)a statement or statements of the income and expenditure for a period or periods other than the regulated period, or

(b)a statement or statements of assets and liabilities at a date or dates other than the end of that period,

but which in the Commission's opinion gives a sufficient indication of the third party's accounts for, or at the end of, the regulated period.

(11)Where section 96(7) (lapse of notification) applies to the preparation of a return—

(a)the reference to the responsible person in subsection (1) of this section is to be read as a reference to the person described in section 96(7)(b), and

(b)for the purposes of, or in connection with, the discharge of obligations of the responsible person under sections 98 and 99A in relation to a statement of accounts under this section, references to the responsible person are to be read as references to that person.

(12)In this section and section 97 “gross income” means gross recorded income from all sources.]

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97 Auditor’s report on return [F83or statement of accounts] .E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where during any regulated period the controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party in the relevant part or parts of the United Kingdom exceeds £250,000, a report must be prepared by a qualified auditor on the return prepared under section 96 in respect of that expenditure.

[F84(1A)A report must be prepared by a qualified auditor on any statement of accounts prepared under section 96A in respect of a regulated period, if—

(a)a report falls to be prepared under subsection (1) on the return mentioned in section 96A(1)(a), or

(b)during the regulated period the gross income or total expenditure of the third party exceeds £250,000.]

(2)The following provisions, namely—

(a)section 43(6) and (7), and

(b)section 44,

shall apply in relation to the appointment of an auditor to prepare a report under subsection (1) [F85or (1A)] or (as the case may be) an auditor so appointed as they apply in relation to the appointment of an auditor to carry out an audit under section 43 or (as the case may be) an auditor so appointed.

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I13S. 97 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 97 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 97 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

98 Delivery of returns to the Commission.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where—

(a)any return falls to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period, and

(b)an auditor’s report on it falls to be prepared under section 97(1),

the responsible person shall deliver the return to the Commission, together with a copy of the auditor’s report, within six months of the end of that period.

(2)In the case of any other return falling to be prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period, the responsible person shall deliver the return to the Commission within three months of the end of that period.

[F86(2A)Where a statement of accounts falls to be prepared under section 96A, the responsible person must deliver—

(a)the statement, and

(b)if an auditor's report on the statement falls to be prepared under section 97(1A), that report,

to the Commission before the end of the period of 6 months beginning with the end of the period under subsection (1) or (2) for the delivery of the relevant section 96 return.

(2B)The relevant section 96 return” means the return mentioned in section 96A(1)(a) which gives rise to the duty to prepare the statement of accounts.]

(3)Where, after the date on which a return is delivered to the Commission under this section, leave is given by a court under section 92(4) for any claim to be paid, the responsible person shall, within seven days after the payment, deliver to the Commission a return of any sums paid in pursuance of the leave accompanied by a copy of the order of the court giving the leave.

(4)The responsible person in the case of a recognised third party commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, he—

(a)fails to comply with the requirements of subsection (1) or (2) in relation to any return or report to which that subsection applies; or

[F87(aa)fails to comply with the requirements of subsection (2A) in relation to any statement or report to which that subsection applies; or]

(b)delivers a return which does not comply with the requirements of section 96(2) or (3); or

[F88(ba)delivers a statement which does not comply with the requirements of section 96A(2) or (3); or]

(c)fails to comply with the requirements of subsection (3) in relation to a return under that subsection.

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I14S. 98 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 98 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 98 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

99 Declaration by responsible person as to return under section 96.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Each return prepared under section 96 in respect of controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of a recognised third party during a regulated period must, when delivered to the Commission, be accompanied by a declaration which complies with subsections (2) and (3) and is signed by the responsible person.

(2)The declaration must state—

(a)that the responsible person has examined the return in question;

(b)that to the best of his knowledge and belief—

(i)it is a complete and correct return as required by law, and

(ii)all expenses shown in it as paid have been paid by him or a person authorised by him.

[F89(2A)Subsection (2)(b)(ii) does not apply to expenses that are treated as incurred by or on behalf of the recognised third party by virtue of section 94B(2) (arrangements between third parties notified to the Commission).]

(3)The declaration must also state, in a case where the third party either is not a registered party or is a minor party, that—

(a)all relevant donations recorded in the return as having been accepted by the third party are from permissible donors, and

(b)no other relevant donations have been accepted by the third party in respect of the relevant election or elections which took place during the regulated period.

(4)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration under this section; or

(b)subsection (1) is contravened at a time when he is the responsible person in the case of the recognised third party to which the return relates.

(5)In this section “relevant donation” has the same meaning as in Schedule 11.

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I15S. 99 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 99 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 99 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

[F9099ADeclaration by responsible person as to statement of accounts under section 96AE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Each statement of accounts prepared under section 96A must, when delivered to the Commission, be accompanied by a declaration which complies with subsection (2) and is signed by the responsible person.

(2)The declaration must state—

(a)that the responsible person has examined the statement in question; and

(b)that to the best of that person's knowledge and belief it is a complete and correct statement of accounts as required by law.

(3)A person commits an offence if—

(a)that person knowingly or recklessly makes a false declaration under this section; or

(b)subsection (1) is contravened without reasonable excuse at a time when that person is the responsible person in the case of the recognised third party to which the statement of accounts relates.]

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100 Public inspection of returns under section 96.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where the Commission receive any return under section 96, they shall—

(a)as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving the return, make a copy of the return, and of any documents accompanying it, available for public inspection; and

(b)keep any such copy available for public inspection for the period for which the return or other document is kept by them.

(2)If the return contains a statement of relevant donations in accordance with section 96(2)(d), the Commission shall secure that the copy of the statement made available for public inspection does not include, in the case of any donation by an individual, the donor’s address.

(3)At the end of the period of two years beginning with the date when any return or other document mentioned in subsection (1) is received by the Commission—

(a)they may cause the return or other document to be destroyed; but

(b)if requested to do so by the responsible person in the case of the third party concerned, they shall arrange for the return or other document to be returned to that person.

[F91(4)Where a statement of accounts is delivered under section 98(2A), this section applies as if the statement and any documents accompanying it—

(a)were documents accompanying the relevant section 96 return, and

(b)(for the purposes of subsection (3)) were received by the Commission when the return was received.

(5)In subsection (4)(a), “the relevant section 96 return” has the meaning given by section 98(2B).]

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I16S. 100 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 100 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 100 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

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