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Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

Combination of parliamentary general election and other election, or elections, falling within paragraphs 4 to 8

180.Paragraph 11 of Schedule 8 determines the limit on campaign expenditure when the relevant period for a parliamentary general election (as defined in paragraph 3) overlaps with the relevant period for another election, or elections (as defined in any of paragraphs 4 to 8) and paragraph 9 does not apply. An example would be:

4 January 2007Four month period before Scottish ordinary election begins.
3 May 2007Scottish ordinary election.
3 September 2007Presiding Officer sets date for an extraordinary election to the Scottish Parliament.
11 October 2007Scottish extraordinary election.
3 March 2008Her Majesty announces her intention to dissolve Parliament.
10 April 2008Parliamentary election.

181.Under this example the limit applying to a party which contested all three elections in Scotland would be the aggregate of the limits provided for in paragraphs 3 and 5 in respect of each election. The aggregate would apply for “the combined period” (as defined in paragraph 11(5)), namely the period beginning on 4 January 2007 (that is, four months before the Scottish ordinary election) and ending on 10 April 2008 (the date of the parliamentary election).

182.By virtue of paragraph 11(6), the limits provided for in paragraph 5 would continue to apply to the relevant periods for the two Scottish Parliamentary elections (namely, the periods 4 January to 3 May 2007 and 3 September to 11 October 2007).

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