2. Meaning of “represented registered party”
(2) The first condition is that there are at least two members of any one of the following legislatures who belong to the registered party—
(a) the House of Commons;
(b) a devolved legislature; or
(c) the European Parliament.
(3) The second condition is that each of those members—
(a) has complied with such preliminary requirements (such as the taking of an oath or a declaration of interests) as members of that legislature are required to comply with in order to participate fully in its proceedings; and
(b) is not disqualified from sitting or voting in that legislature.
This Clause defines which parties will be covered both by the new regulatory regime in the Bill, and also by the provisions for reallocated public funding. In the present draft, it includes those with two or members in any one of the following: the House of Commons; a devolve legislature; or the European Parliament. It may be appropriate to exclude those with only European Parliament representation, since there is already substantial public funding to the European parties. However, this would mean such parties would also not be subject to the same restrictions on donations. We welcome views on how best to approach this issue.