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Political Parties: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Electoral Commission has to revise its guidance on regulated donees following recent decisions by the Crown Prosecution Service. (250528)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it is currently reviewing the implications of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision in December 2008, not to bring charges in a case referred by the Commission to the Metropolitan Police.

Pending the outcome of that review, the Commission believes that the guidance it has issued on the reporting obligations of regulated donees remains valid. The Commission will consider whether it is necessary to revise its guidance when it has completed the review and has agreed with Government what steps, if any, are needed to clarify the legal requirements on the reporting of donations by regulated donees.