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Political Parties: Finance

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the proposals in the Political Parties and Elections Bill that political parties and other donees must take reasonable steps to verify the accuracy of the new declarations for donations over £200; and what assessment the Commission has made of the accuracy of the accompanying Ministry of Justice impact assessment on the issue. (246735)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the requirement for donation recipients to take all reasonable steps to verify declarations was deleted by Government amendments during the Public Bill Committee on the Political Parties and Elections Bill.