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Political Parties: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received on the propriety of front companies acting as conduits to allow anonymous donations to political parties. (130678)

I have received many representations on this issue from hon. Members over recent months.

Its importance has also been recognised by Sir Hayden Phillips in his recent report—‘Strengthening Democracy: Fair and Sustainable Funding of Political Parties’—where he states:

“Unincorporated associations and companies that make donations to political parties should be required to identify the people involved in making the decisions to give money to the parties.”

The Government share this concern and agree that this is an area which would benefit from further consideration.