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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-13more like thismore than 2015-07-13
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The Lord Chairman of Committees more like this
star this property answering dept id 200 more like this
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unstar this property answering dept sort name Chairman of Committees (HoL) 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 the Chairman of Committees how much Cranborne money will be given to (1) the Liberal Democrat Party, and (2) the Labour Party; and over what period of time. more like this
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
star this property uin HL1376 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-07-20more like thismore than 2015-07-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The maximum amount of financial assistance available to opposition parties will be: £259,357 to the Liberal Democrat party in the period 8 May 2015 to 31 March 2016; and £577,871 to the Labour Party in the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. The amount given may be less, depending on claims.</p><p>For each subsequent year, the maximum amount for the previous year is increased by the percentage (if any) by which the retail prices index for the previous March has increased compared with the index for the March before that, and (if the resulting amount is not a whole number of pounds) rounded to the nearest pound. The full-year equivalents on which the calculation will be based are £288,525 for the Liberal Democrat party and the amount set out above for the Labour party.</p><p>Financial assistance is available to assist the Opposition, the second largest opposition party and the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers in carrying out their Parliamentary business.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Sewel more like this
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less than 2015-07-20T12:17:38.287Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-20T12:17:38.287Z
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2124
star this property label Biography information for Lord Sewel more like this
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3153
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Pearson of Rannoch more like this
1132688
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 36 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission 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 hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission plans to review the ability of UK political parties and campaigns to receive micro-funding from overseas donors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
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Stephen Doughty more like this
star this property uin 911478 more like this
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star 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
unstar this property answer text <p>Electoral law allows parties to adopt a fundraising strategy that focusses on raising funds in small amounts. A positive aspect of this is broad engagement of people in politics.</p><p>Parliament set a threshold of £500, above which donations must be from permissible sources. This is to limit influence from outside the UK on our elections and democracy. Below the threshold, sums given to parties and campaigners are not considered to be donations under law, but recipients still need to satisfy themselves who is giving these sums. Multiple sums from a single source could aggregate to above £500 triggering the permissibility rules. This would exclude overseas donors not on the UK electoral register.</p><p>Parties must have systems in place to comply with the rules, and the Commission provides advice to parties and campaigners about how to ensure that they do. If the current law is complied with, there is no reason why micro funding would result in impermissible donations from overseas donors. However, if it is considered that confidence in this needs to be improved by more transparency, the level of the £500 threshold could be lowered by Parliament.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Houghton and Sunderland South more like this
star this property answering member printed Bridget Phillipson more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T09:58:46.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T09:58:46.777Z
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4046
star this property label Biography information for Bridget Phillipson more like this
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4264
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
101200
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on her Department's review of the exemption to the publication of party political donations in Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast East more like this
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Naomi Long more like this
star this property uin 211922 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
unstar this property answer text <p>Following public consultation earlier this year, we have been working closely with the Electoral Commission to finalise secondary legislation that will allow for greater transparency for donations and loans to political parties in Northern Ireland. This legislation will be brought before the House when consultation with the Electoral Commission has concluded.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:15:42.9085107Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:15:42.9085107Z
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1466
star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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3920
unstar this property label Biography information for Naomi Long more like this
750007
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-10more like thismore than 2017-07-10
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2017 to Question 2270, on political parties: finance, for what reasons the Government chose 1 July 2017 as the start date. 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 3768 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
unstar this property answer text <p>I first announced my intention to bring forward secondary legislation to implement full transparency from 1 July 2017 during my statement to Parliament on 3 July 2017. This is consistent with the commitment set out in the Government's Northern Ireland manifesto at the General Election. I had previously written to the Northern Ireland political parties in January seeking their views on this issue. The parties were also asked about the date from which transparency should take effect. While all parties that responded expressed broad support for the future publication of donations and loans, only one party expressed support for backdating publication.</p><p>All responses are available at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/brokenshire-provides-further-details-of-political-donations-policy-to-mps" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/brokenshire-provides-further-details-of-political-donations-policy-to-mps</a>.</p><p>Having considered the representations of the parties, I did not believe it right to impose retrospective regulations on those who donated in accordance with the rules set out in law at the time.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Old Bexley and Sidcup more like this
star this property answering member printed James Brokenshire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 3769 more like this
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less than 2017-07-17T12:20:22.973Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-17T12:20:22.973Z
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1530
star this property label Biography information for James Brokenshire more like this
star this property tabling member
1506
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
750008
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-10more like thismore than 2017-07-10
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 21 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Northern Ireland 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2017 to Question 2270, on political parties: finance, when the Government announced the 1 July 2017 start date. 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 3769 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
unstar this property answer text <p>I first announced my intention to bring forward secondary legislation to implement full transparency from 1 July 2017 during my statement to Parliament on 3 July 2017. This is consistent with the commitment set out in the Government's Northern Ireland manifesto at the General Election. I had previously written to the Northern Ireland political parties in January seeking their views on this issue. The parties were also asked about the date from which transparency should take effect. While all parties that responded expressed broad support for the future publication of donations and loans, only one party expressed support for backdating publication.</p><p>All responses are available at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/brokenshire-provides-further-details-of-political-donations-policy-to-mps" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/brokenshire-provides-further-details-of-political-donations-policy-to-mps</a>.</p><p>Having considered the representations of the parties, I did not believe it right to impose retrospective regulations on those who donated in accordance with the rules set out in law at the time.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Old Bexley and Sidcup more like this
star this property answering member printed James Brokenshire more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 3768 more like this
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less than 2017-07-17T12:20:23.083Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-17T12:20:23.083Z
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1530
star this property label Biography information for James Brokenshire more like this
star this property tabling member
1506
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
436665
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-09more like thismore than 2015-12-09
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury 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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015, paragraph 1.309, whether any reduction is planned in (a) Cranborne money and (b) Representative money. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Salford and Eccles more like this
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Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
star this property uin 19449 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-14more like thismore than 2015-12-14
unstar this property answer text <p>Government proposals regarding reducing the cost of politics were published in the Spending Review 2015.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chelsea and Fulham more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Hands more like this
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less than 2015-12-14T17:36:36.003Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-14T17:36:36.003Z
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Hands more like this
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4396
unstar this property label Biography information for Rebecca Long Bailey more like this
523857
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-08more like thismore than 2016-06-08
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HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name CaTreasury 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 are the current borrowing limits imposed on (1) the Scottish Parliament, (2) the National Assembly for Wales, and (3) the Northern Ireland Assembly. more like this
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Lord Empey more like this
star this property uin HL545 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-22more like thismore than 2016-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Scotland Act 2014 permits the Scottish Government to borrow up to £2.2 billion for capital purposes and £0.5 billion to cover shortfalls in cash receipts. The Scotland Act 2016 provides for these to be revised in due course to £3bn and £1.75bn respectively.</p><p> </p><p>The Welsh Government may borrow up to £500 million to cover shortfalls in the Welsh Consolidated Fund as set out in the Government of Wales Act 2006. The Wales Act 2014 confers aggregate capital borrowing powers of up to £500 million on the Welsh Government. In response to a specific request from the Welsh Government, the Government has also provided early access to these capital borrowing powers in order to support the delivery of the M4 relief road.</p><p> </p><p>The Northern Ireland Executive has a statutory borrowing limit of £3 billion for capital purposes as set out in the Northern Ireland (Loans) Act 1975 as amended by the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006. The Northern Ireland Executive may borrow up to £250 million to cover shortfalls in the Northern Ireland Consolidated Fund as set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord O'Neill of Gatley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL547 more like this
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less than 2016-06-22T11:13:23.1Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-22T11:13:23.1Z
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4536
star this property label Biography information for Lord O'Neill of Gatley more like this
star this property tabling member
4216
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Empey more like this
1086391
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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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
unstar 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 representations they have received from the Electoral Commission concerning the implementation of section 10 the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009; and what was their response. more like this
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Lord Rennard more like this
star this property uin HL14419 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar 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</p><p><br>During the passage of the 2009 Act, the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the legislation (further to Official Report, House of Commons, 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, House of Commons, 10 March 2010, Col. 5MC)</p><p><br>The UK has a robust legal framework in place that bans foreign donations.</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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 printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL14422 more like this
HL14423 more like this
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less than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.47Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.47Z
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57
star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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2484
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Rennard more like this
1086395
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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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
unstar 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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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) implementing section 10 of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009, and (2) extending permanently the capacity of UK citizens living abroad to make large donations to the parties, on the financing of political parties. more like this
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Lord Rennard more like this
star this property uin HL14422 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar 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</p><p><br>During the passage of the 2009 Act, the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the legislation (further to Official Report, House of Commons, 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, House of Commons, 10 March 2010, Col. 5MC)</p><p><br>The UK has a robust legal framework in place that bans foreign donations.</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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 printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL14419 more like this
HL14423 more like this
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less than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.52Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.52Z
star this property answering member
57
star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property tabling member
2484
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Rennard more like this
1086396
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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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
unstar 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 restrict donations to political parties from people living in tax havens and paying lower rates of tax than donors to political parties who pay full rates of tax. more like this
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Lord Rennard more like this
star this property uin HL14423 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar 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</p><p><br>During the passage of the 2009 Act, the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the legislation (further to Official Report, House of Commons, 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, House of Commons, 10 March 2010, Col. 5MC)</p><p><br>The UK has a robust legal framework in place that bans foreign donations.</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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</p><p><br>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 printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL14419 more like this
HL14422 more like this
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less than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.617Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T12:45:10.617Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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2484
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Rennard more like this
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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
unstar 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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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Electoral Commission about putting in place safeguards to ensure that political parties do not receive donations from people promoting the interests of other countries during and between election campaigns. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL15749 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Electoral Commission in its 2018 report ‘Digital campaigning - Increasing transparency for voters’, included recommendations relating to foreign donations and campaigning. The Government has discussed these with the Electoral Commission.</p><p>On 5th May 2019, the Government announced it will consult on safeguarding UK elections. The consultation may consider recommendations for increasing transparency on digital political advertising, including by third parties; closing loopholes on foreign spending in elections; preventing shell companies from sidestepping the current rules on political finance and on action to tackle foreign lobbying.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T16:09:24.067Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T16:09:24.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
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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
unstar 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, 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
star this property tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 266672 more like this
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star 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
unstar 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 more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar 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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar 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
star this property tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 268969 more like this
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star 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
unstar 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
star this property question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T09:32:22.537Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T09:32:22.537Z
star this property answering member
4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
star this property tabling member
410
unstar 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
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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
star this property tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 268970 more like this
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star 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
unstar 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
star this property question first answered
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
star this property tabling member
410
unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1135945
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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar 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 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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star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
4451
star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
star this property tabling member
410
unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
388487
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-07-08more like thismore than 2015-07-08
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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answer
star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property tabling member
4153
unstar 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
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property tabling member
4153
unstar 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
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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star 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
unstar 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
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4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
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2484
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Rennard more like this
453588
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-02-22more like thismore than 2016-02-22
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to seek agreement on a comprehensive package of party funding reform, as set out in the <i>Cabinet Office Departmental Plan 2015–20</i> published on 19 February. more like this
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
star this property uin HL6290 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
unstar this property answer text <p>We remain committed to seeking a comprehensive cross-party reform agreement. No cross-party discussions are currently taking place.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL6394 more like this
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less than 2016-03-07T17:36:22.513Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-07T17:36:22.513Z
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property tabling member
4159
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
454644
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-02-24more like thismore than 2016-02-24
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to seek agreement on a comprehensive package of party funding reform, as outlined in the <i>Cabinet Office single departmental plan: 2015 to 2020</i>, and what cross-party discussions they are holding to that end. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
star this property uin HL6394 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
unstar this property answer text <p>We remain committed to seeking a comprehensive cross-party reform agreement. No cross-party discussions are currently taking place.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL6290 more like this
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less than 2016-03-07T17:36:22.577Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-07T17:36:22.577Z
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property tabling member
4159
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
454645
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-02-24more like thismore than 2016-02-24
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their planned introduction of votes for life would also mean that British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years could fund UK political parties. more like this
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town more like this
star this property uin HL6395 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-09more like thismore than 2016-03-09
unstar this property answer text <p>We will introduce 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 2016-03-09T16:53:27.347Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-09T16:53:27.347Z
star this property answering member
4535
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bridges of Headley more like this
star this property tabling member
4159
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town 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
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
1584
star this property label Biography information for John Penrose more like this
star this property tabling member
4401
unstar this property label Biography information for Victoria Prentis more like this
628273
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-11-03more like thismore than 2016-11-03
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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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star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
4330
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen more like this
star this property tabling member
4153
unstar 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
star this property answering body
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
unstar 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
star this property legislature
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
star this property tabling member printed
Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 2270 more like this
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star 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
unstar 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
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this