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Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

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Part IIntroductory

Interpretation

1(1)In this Schedule—

(a)“an ordinary general election to the Scottish Parliament” means an election held under section 2 of the [1998 c. 46.] Scotland Act 1998;

(b)“an extraordinary general election to the Scottish Parliament” means an election held under section 3 of the [1998 c. 46.] Scotland Act 1998;

(c)“an ordinary election to the Welsh Assembly” means an election held under section 3 of the [1998 c. 38.] Government of Wales Act 1998;

(d)“an ordinary general election to the Northern Ireland Assembly” means an election held under section 31 of the [1998 c. 47.] Northern Ireland Act 1998; and

(e)“an extraordinary general election to the Northern Ireland Assembly” means an election held under section 32 of the [1998 c. 47.] Northern Ireland Act 1998.

(2)For the purposes of this Schedule a parliamentary general election is pending during the period—

(a)beginning with the date on which Her Majesty’s intention to dissolve Parliament is announced in connection with a forthcoming parliamentary general election, and

(b)ending with the date of the poll for that election.

Attribution of expenditure to different parts of the United Kingdom

2(1)For the purposes of this Schedule controlled expenditure incurred by or on behalf of any recognised third party shall (subject to the following provisions of this paragraph) be attributed to each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in proportion to the number of parliamentary constituencies for the time being situated in that part of the United Kingdom.

(2)Controlled expenditure whose effects are wholly or substantially confined to any particular parts or part of the United Kingdom—

(a)shall be attributed to those parts in proportion to the number of parliamentary constituencies for the time being situated in those parts, or

(b)shall be attributed solely to that part,

as the case may be.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) the effects of controlled expenditure are wholly or substantially confined to any particular parts or part of the United Kingdom if they have no significant effects in any other part or parts (so that, for example, expenditure on an advertisement in a newspaper circulating in Wales is to be attributed solely to Wales if the newspaper does not circulate to any significant extent in any other part of the United Kingdom).

(4)References in this Schedule to controlled expenditure “in” a particular part of the United Kingdom are accordingly to controlled expenditure which is to be attributed to that part in accordance with this paragraph.

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