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Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

Section 161 : Interpretation : donations

324.Section 161 is a general interpretation section in respect of donations. Amongst other things the section:


ensures that references to donations for meeting a particular kind of expenditure (eg. controlled expenditure by a recognised third party) include donations designed to save the donee incurring that kind of expenditure (so releasing funds to spend on the election campaign) (subsection (2)(a) );


enables donations which in all the circumstances must reasonably be assumed to be incurred for a particular purpose to count as donations for that purpose (subsection (2)(b) );


make clear that the words of exception (eg. in section 50(2)(d)) do not include a person who, although paying money out of his own resources (with no right to reimbursement), could be said to be acting on behalf of the party (subsection (4) );


fixes a time when a donation consisting of the direct payment of expenses (eg. as mentioned in section 50(2)(d)) is to be treated as received by the party (subsection (5) ).

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