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The Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018

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Amendments to Schedule 7A to the 2000 Act

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9.—(1) Schedule 7A to the 2000 Act (control of loans etc. to individuals and members associations) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 9 (transaction reports: transactions with authorised participants)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (6), after “For the purposes of this paragraph”, insert “(other than sub-paragraphs (6A) to (6C)) and section 71Z4 (duty not to disclose contents of transaction reports)”,

(b)after sub-paragraph (6), insert—

(6A) But if sub-paragraph (6) would otherwise have the effect that a person who is or has been a member or employee of the Commission could make available to the public information to which this sub-paragraph applies, it does not have that effect.

(6B) Sub-paragraph (6A) applies to information—

(a)which has been obtained by the Commission in the exercise of their functions under Part 4A(1), and

(b)which relates to a controlled transaction to which a Northern Ireland participant is a party and which was entered into before 1 January 2014.

(6C) Information to which sub-paragraph (6A) applies is to be treated for the purposes of sections 71Z4 and 149A (inspection of Commission’s registers etc.: Northern Ireland) as information relating to a transaction to which section 71Z4 applies.,

(c)after sub-paragraph (9), insert—

(9A) Sub-paragraph (9B) applies in relation to a transaction which—

(a)is entered into by a Northern Ireland participant before 1 July 2017, and

(b)is included in a report under sub-paragraph (1) to which this sub-paragraph applies because it has been varied as described in sub-paragraph (6).

(9B) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (9)(d), the report on the transaction must give—

(a)the date on which the transaction was first entered into, and

(b)the date on which the variation took effect.

(9C) Sub-paragraph (9A) applies to a report which is delivered to the Commission on or after the date on which Article 9 of the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 comes into force., and

(d)after sub-paragraph (10), insert—

(11) In this Schedule, “Northern Ireland participant” means a regulated participant who is—

(a)an individual ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland, or

(b)a members association wholly or mainly consisting of members of a party registered in the Northern Ireland register.

(3) In paragraph 11 (transaction reports: changes to recorded transactions), after sub-paragraph (7) insert—

(8) Where information about a change of the kind mentioned in section 71Z4(A3)(b) to a transaction to which a Northern Ireland participant is a party is supplied in a report under this paragraph to which this sub-paragraph applies, and the transaction was entered into before 1 January 2014, the report must state that fact.

(9) Sub-paragraph (8) applies to a report which is delivered to the Commission on or after the date on which Article 9 of the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 comes into force.

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Part 4A was inserted by section 61(1) of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and has been amended by section 20(1) of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.

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