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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-11-03more like thismore than 2016-11-03
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the law relating to political donations. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL3008 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-15more like thismore than 2016-11-15
star this property answer text <p>Despite a decade of talks, there is still no cross-party consensus on the broad issues of party funding at this time. It is ultimately a matter for the political parties - the Government cannot impose consensus from Whitehall.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen more like this
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less than 2016-11-15T14:08:45.527Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-15T14:08:45.527Z
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4330
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen more like this
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4153
star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
747148
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-06-30more like thismore than 2017-06-30
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government remains committed to ensuring consistent levels of transparency on political donations made to political parties. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 2270 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-05more like thismore than 2017-07-05
star this property answer text <p>The rules about transparency of political donations are set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The Government intends to bring forward legislation to extend transparency that already exists for political parties in Great Britain to also cover donations and loans received by Northern Ireland parties on or after 1 July 2017.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-07-05T10:29:53.86Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-05T10:29:53.86Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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1506
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
517818
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-05more like thismore than 2016-05-05
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Electoral Commission's 2013 recommendation that political parties that receive and spend less than £500 annually should be exempt from submitting a full statement of accounts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Banbury more like this
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Victoria Prentis more like this
star this property uin 36690 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-10more like thismore than 2016-05-10
star this property answer text <p>The Electoral Commission published a report “a regulatory review of the UK’s party and electoral finance laws” in June 2013 that made 50 recommendations. The report’s first recommendation proposed changes to the reporting requirements for parties that receive and spend less than £500 annually. Such a change would require primary legislation. The Government recognises that there is a balance to be struck between reducing the burden on smaller parties and maintaining transparency of the funding of all parties which contest elections in the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Weston-super-Mare more like this
star this property answering member printed John Penrose more like this
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less than 2016-05-10T12:52:33.607Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-10T12:52:33.607Z
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1584
star this property label Biography information for John Penrose more like this
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4401
star this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
1133264
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government has not issued a commencement order for Section 10 of the Political Parties Act 2009, in relation to non-resident donors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 266672 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Successive Governments have considered section 10 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 to be unworkable</p><p>There is already a robust legal framework in place to ensure only individuals that are registered on the electoral register and organisations that carry out business in the UK can<br>make donations to political organisations in the UK</p><p>In May this year, the Government announced it will consult on strengthening the current provisions which protect UK politics from foreign influence. The consultation may consider<br>recommendations on foreign spending in elections and donations from shell companies.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torbay more like this
star this property answering member printed Kevin Foster more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T16:25:16.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T16:25:16.157Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
star this property tabling member
410
star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1134466
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2019 to Question 266672 on Political Parties: Finance, for what reason the Government considers Section 10 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 to be unworkable. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 268969 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Coalition Government took the decision not to implement the 2009 legislation, as it was not deemed to be workable, and the Conservative Government continues to hold this view.</p><p>During the passage of the 2009 Act, the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the legislation (further to Official Report, 15 October 2009, Col. 998W), and in 2013, the Electoral Commission also flagged issues about the tax status declaration requirements. The Labour Government conceded that the provisions could not be commenced at that time “due to their complex nature” (as outlined in the answer of Official Report, 10 March 2010, Col. 5MC).</p><p> </p><p>An individual’s tax status is subject to confidentiality between them and HMRC. It may therefore be difficult or impossible for the political party and the Electoral Commission to accurately determine whether a donor meets the permissibility test set out section 10 in the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.</p><p>The Government also has a principled objection to the measures:</p><p> </p><ul><li>The UK has a robust legal framework in place that bans foreign donations. There is a long-standing principle – as originally recommended by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1998 – that permissible donors are those on the UK electoral register, and this includes UK citizens who are registered overseas electors. Companies wishing to make donations must be UK-registered and carrying on business in the UK.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>If a British citizen is able to vote in an election for a political party, they should also be able to donate to that political party, subject to the requirements for transparency on donations. Supporting a political party is part of the democratic process, and is an expression of freedom of association.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Since the adoption of universal suffrage, taxation has never been the basis of enfranchisement in the UK. Those who do not pay income tax, such as those earning less than the tax-free personal allowance, rightly remain entitled to vote. Similarly, full-time students are legally exempt from paying council tax, but still have the right to vote in local elections.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Notwithstanding, as I stated in my previous answer, the Government has announced it will consult on strengthening the current provisions which protect UK politics from foreign influence. The consultation may consider recommendations on tackling loopholes in relation to foreign spending in elections and donations from shell companies which are not properly operating in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>More broadly, since 2010, the Government has taken action to sanction and deter those involved in offshore evasion, including creating a new criminal offence for serious offshore evasion, and introducing penalties for those who deliberately help others to evade tax offshore. The Government has introduced over 100 new measures to tackle tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torbay more like this
star this property answering member printed Kevin Foster more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T09:32:22.537Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T09:32:22.537Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
star this property tabling member
410
star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1134468
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has received representations from the Electoral Commission on the workability of section 10 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 268970 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Coalition Government took the decision not to implement the 2009 legislation, as it was not deemed to be workable, and the Conservative Government continues to hold this view.</p><p>During the passage of the 2009 Act, the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the legislation (further to Official Report, 15 October 2009, Col. 998W), and in 2013, the Electoral Commission also flagged issues about the tax status declaration requirements. The Labour Government conceded that the provisions could not be commenced at that time “due to their complex nature” (as outlined in the answer of Official Report, 10 March 2010, Col. 5MC).</p><p> </p><p>An individual’s tax status is subject to confidentiality between them and HMRC. It may therefore be difficult or impossible for the political party and the Electoral Commission to accurately determine whether a donor meets the permissibility test set out section 10 in the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.</p><p>The Government also has a principled objection to the measures:</p><p> </p><ul><li>The UK has a robust legal framework in place that bans foreign donations. There is a long-standing principle – as originally recommended by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1998 – that permissible donors are those on the UK electoral register, and this includes UK citizens who are registered overseas electors. Companies wishing to make donations must be UK-registered and carrying on business in the UK.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>If a British citizen is able to vote in an election for a political party, they should also be able to donate to that political party, subject to the requirements for transparency on donations. Supporting a political party is part of the democratic process, and is an expression of freedom of association.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Since the adoption of universal suffrage, taxation has never been the basis of enfranchisement in the UK. Those who do not pay income tax, such as those earning less than the tax-free personal allowance, rightly remain entitled to vote. Similarly, full-time students are legally exempt from paying council tax, but still have the right to vote in local elections.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Notwithstanding, as I stated in my previous answer, the Government has announced it will consult on strengthening the current provisions which protect UK politics from foreign influence. The consultation may consider recommendations on tackling loopholes in relation to foreign spending in elections and donations from shell companies which are not properly operating in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>More broadly, since 2010, the Government has taken action to sanction and deter those involved in offshore evasion, including creating a new criminal offence for serious offshore evasion, and introducing penalties for those who deliberately help others to evade tax offshore. The Government has introduced over 100 new measures to tackle tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Torbay more like this
star this property answering member printed Kevin Foster more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T09:32:44.983Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T09:32:44.983Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2017 to Question 268970, whether his Department received proposals from the Electoral Commission on the implementation of section 10 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 271380 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>The Electoral Commission set out their concerns and recommendations for implementation in their 2013 report ‘<em>A regulatory review of the UK’s party and election finance laws: Recommendations for change</em>’.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torbay more like this
star this property answering member printed Kevin Foster more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T09:59:54.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T09:59:54.843Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
star this property tabling member
410
star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
388487
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star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow British citizens living abroad to make donations for life to political parties in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL1262 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-22more like thismore than 2015-07-22
star this property answer text <p>We will publish a Bill in due course that will make these matters clear.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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less than 2015-07-22T15:12:23.377Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-22T15:12:23.377Z
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4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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4153
star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
388488
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the limits in force for donations to political parties. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL1263 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-21more like thismore than 2015-07-21
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to continue to seek agreement on a comprehensive package of party funding reform.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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less than 2015-07-21T14:08:33.24Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-21T14:08:33.24Z
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4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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4153
star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
434114
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-03more like thismore than 2015-12-03
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Political Parties: Finance remove filter
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a limit on the size of personal, or company, donations to political parties. more like this
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Lord Rennard more like this
star this property uin HL4233 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-21more like thismore than 2015-12-21
star this property answer text <p>We remain committed to negotiating a comprehensive cross-party reform agreement, including donations from all funding sources including trade unions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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less than 2015-12-21T12:46:51.387Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-21T12:46:51.387Z
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Rennard more like this