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Political Parties: Registration

Volume 590: debated on Thursday 18 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What are their plans to register political parties for elections in 1999; and what fee they intend to charge for registration. [HL2220]

The Registration of Political Parties Bill was introduced in another place by my right honourable friend the Home Secretary on 13 May 1998. It provides for a register of political parties to be established. Parties will be able to register in time for elections in May 1999 to the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, and in June 1999 to the European Parliament. We have made no final decisions on the level of fees, but it is expected that the fee for initial registration will be about £100.