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General Elections (Candidates' Expenditure)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions since 1945 when the permitted expenditure by candidates in General Elections has been changed; and by how much it was changed on each occasion.

The limits of 6d for each elector in a county constituency and 5d in a borough constituency were replaced by Section 32 of the Representation of the People Act 1948 with limits of £450 plus 2d for each elector in a county constituency and £450 plus 1½d for each elector in a borough constituency. The limits were raised, by Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act 1969, to £750 plus 1s 0d for every six electors—or fraction thereof—in a county constituency and £750 plus 1s 0d for every eight electors—or fraction thereof—in a borough constituency. The present limits, prescribed by the Representation of the People Act 1974, are £1,075 plus 6p for every six electors—or fraction thereof—in a county constituency and £1,075 plus 6p for every eight electors—or fraction thereof—in a borough constituency.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions when the deposit required by candidates fighting General Elections has been changed; and by how much it was changed on each occasion.