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Political Party Finance

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Leader of the House (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory cap on (a) individual, (b) corporate and (c) trade union donations to political parties; (114093)

(2) if he will introduce a statutory cap on (a) individual, (b) trade union and (c) corporate donations to political parties.

Sir Hayden Phillips is currently undertaking an independent review of the funding of political parties. He has been asked to aim to produce recommendations that are as much as possible agreed between the political parties with a view to legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.

When Sir Hayden Phillips has issued his final report, the Government will carefully consider his conclusions and respond in due course.