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Political Parties: Donations

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) how many donations by registered political parties to regulated donees were recorded by the Electoral Commission in each year since 2000; (181777)

(2) how many individual donations to regulated donees by registered political parties were registered by individual regulated donees in each year since 2000.

The Electoral Commission informs me that it records donations to regulated donees in its register, available on its website. The register indicates that the number of donations reported by regulated donees from political parties were as follows each year since reporting began in 2001:

Cash donations

Non-cash donations

Overseas visits provided

2001

0

0

0

2002

0

1

0

2003

0

3

0

2004

0

3

0

2005

1

3

0

2006

0

0

1

2007

1

2

0

2008 (to date)

0

0

0

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission takes when a regulated donee does not register a donation made to him or her by a registered political party at the request of a donor. (181779)

The Electoral Commission informs me that when it has reason to suspect that a donation to a regulated donee may not have been correctly reported under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the Commission may make enquiries to establish whether statutory reporting obligations have been met. If the enquiries suggest a breach of the requirements, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the police and/or to the relevant prosecuting authority, as appropriate. The Commission may also issue further advice and guidance.

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how the Electoral Commission monitors compliance with the requirement by registered political parties to advise regulated donees to register donations passed to them at the request of donors. (181780)

The Electoral Commission informs me that there is no requirement that a political party advise regulated donees to report donations.

However, the Commission works closely with regulated organisations and individuals to ensure that they are aware of the rules. The Commission publishes guidance, runs training sessions and responds to requests for advice.