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star this property date less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
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Wales Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 28 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Wales more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Wales more like this
star this property hansard heading Wales Office: Overtime more like this
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 Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 273327 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 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>The Office of the Secretary of State encourages flexible working and uses flexible working policies to enable staff to have working patterns that suit both individuals’ and the Department’s needs. The Department has arrangements in place for monitoring hours worked and line managers are responsible for ensuring that employees are not working excessive hours and are compliant with the Working Time Regulations.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to the wellbeing of staff and regularly informs them about wellbeing-related topics, including maintaining good physical and mental health.</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 2019-07-10T10:54:03.617Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T10:54:03.617Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1138896
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Temporary Employment: Pay more like this
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, for what reasons the rate of pay which requires approval for temporary staff was set at £750 per day in his Departments announcement of 4 July. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 277113 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 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
star this property answer text <p>Ministerial approval has been set at £750 per day as a control mechanism to consistently achieve value for money, provide greater transparency and to ensure that all other resourcing options have been considered.</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 2019-07-18T09:22:37.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T09:22:37.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1126600
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards more like this
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, whether staff at the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists are instructed to check and assess the relevancy of codes of conduct that registrants declare. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 254140 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 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists is an independent office holder who is responsible for maintaining and updating the lobbying register; registrants are required to state whether they comply with a code of conduct and in accordance with the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, the Registrar must be able to inspect any such code of conduct. The Transparency of Lobbying Act defines a “relevant” code of conduct as one which “governs the carrying on the business of consultant lobbying” and it is for the Registrar to determine whether a Code of Conduct meets this test.</p><p>The Department does not intend to undertake a review of the codes of conduct submitted by those on the register to the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists. It is for the independent Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct that a registrant wishes to declare on the Register is 'relevant'.</p><p> </p><p>I understand that the new Registrar will shortly launch a consultation on codes of conduct.</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 2019-05-20T16:17:52.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:17:52.76Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1126603
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards more like this
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, if his Department will conduct a review of the codes of conduct accepted by the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists in light of the number of registrants declaring their own self-authored code. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 254141 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 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists is an independent office holder who is responsible for maintaining and updating the lobbying register; registrants are required to state whether they comply with a code of conduct and in accordance with the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, the Registrar must be able to inspect any such code of conduct. The Transparency of Lobbying Act defines a “relevant” code of conduct as one which “governs the carrying on the business of consultant lobbying” and it is for the Registrar to determine whether a Code of Conduct meets this test.</p><p>The Department does not intend to undertake a review of the codes of conduct submitted by those on the register to the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists. It is for the independent Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct that a registrant wishes to declare on the Register is 'relevant'.</p><p> </p><p>I understand that the new Registrar will shortly launch a consultation on codes of conduct.</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 2019-05-20T16:18:05.677Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:18:05.677Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1128316
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards more like this
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 14 May 2019 to Question 254140, what the scope will be of the consultation launched by the Registrar into codes of conduct. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 257422 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 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
star this property answer text <p>The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 established it is the role of the Registrar to keep and publish the Registrar of consultant lobbyists, in which third party lobbyists declare the names of their clients, and whether or not they subscribe to a relevant code of conduct.</p><p>The Registrar has a duty to monitor compliance, and the power to undertake enforcement action against non-compliance. Therefore, it is for the Registrar to determine whether to launch any consultation into codes of conduct and the scope of such a consultation. I understand the Registrar is currently finalising the exact scope of the proposed consultation and will publish further details on the ORCL website when the consultation is launched.</p><p>It is also for the independent Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct a registrant wishes to declare on the Register is 'relevant'. It is for the Registrar to determine whether to make known information about where a code of conduct has failed to meet the test of relevance, and such queries should be directed towards the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.</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 2019-06-05T09:51:13.313Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T09:51:13.313Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1128319
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards more like this
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 14 May 2019 to Question 254140, for what reasons the Registrar is launching a consultation on codes of conduct. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 257423 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 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
star this property answer text <p>The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 established it is the role of the Registrar to keep and publish the Registrar of consultant lobbyists, in which third party lobbyists declare the names of their clients, and whether or not they subscribe to a relevant code of conduct.</p><p>The Registrar has a duty to monitor compliance, and the power to undertake enforcement action against non-compliance. Therefore, it is for the Registrar to determine whether to launch any consultation into codes of conduct and the scope of such a consultation. I understand the Registrar is currently finalising the exact scope of the proposed consultation and will publish further details on the ORCL website when the consultation is launched.</p><p>It is also for the independent Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct a registrant wishes to declare on the Register is 'relevant'. It is for the Registrar to determine whether to make known information about where a code of conduct has failed to meet the test of relevance, and such queries should be directed towards the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.</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 2019-06-05T09:51:23.243Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T09:51:23.243Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1128321
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star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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 Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: Standards more like this
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 14 May 2019 to Question 254140, how many instances there have been of consultant lobbying firms listing a code of conduct in their entry to the Register that have failed to meet the test that the code is relevant, as defined by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett remove filter
star this property uin 257424 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 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
star this property answer text <p>The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 established it is the role of the Registrar to keep and publish the Registrar of consultant lobbyists, in which third party lobbyists declare the names of their clients, and whether or not they subscribe to a relevant code of conduct.</p><p>The Registrar has a duty to monitor compliance, and the power to undertake enforcement action against non-compliance. Therefore, it is for the Registrar to determine whether to launch any consultation into codes of conduct and the scope of such a consultation. I understand the Registrar is currently finalising the exact scope of the proposed consultation and will publish further details on the ORCL website when the consultation is launched.</p><p>It is also for the independent Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists to determine whether a code of conduct a registrant wishes to declare on the Register is 'relevant'. It is for the Registrar to determine whether to make known information about where a code of conduct has failed to meet the test of relevance, and such queries should be directed towards the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.</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 2019-06-05T09:51:48.427Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T09:51:48.427Z
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4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1133264
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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 more like this
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 more like this
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, 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 remove filter
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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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1134466
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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 more like this
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 more like this
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 remove filter
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 remove filter
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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 more like this
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 more like this
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, 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 remove filter
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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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this