Clauses 26 to 29 (General Matters)

Orders and regulations

26.
(1) Any order or regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act must be made by statutory instrument.

(2) Any order or regulations made under this Act may—

(a) include incidental, supplementary and consequential provision;

(b) make transitory or transitional provision and savings;

(c) make provision generally or subject to exceptions or inly in relation to specified cases;

(d) make different provision for different cases or circumstances or for different purposes.

(3) Any order made under this Act may, in particular, make provision as respects the operation of any financial limit imposed by any provision of this Act in cases where a period in relation to which any such limit is imposed would otherwise begin at a time before the commencement of that provision of this Act.

Interpretation

27. In this Act—

“the 2000 Act” means the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;

“affiliation fee” has the meaning given in section 7;

“the Commission” means the Electoral Commission established by section 1 of the 2000 Act;

“devolved legislature” means—

(a) the Scottish Parliament;

(b) the National Assembly for Wales;

(c) the Northern Ireland Assembly;

“membership organisation” has the meaning given in section 7;

“relevant election” means—

(a) parliamentary elections;

(b) elections to the European Parliament;

(c) elections to the Scottish Parliament;

(d) elections to the National Assembly for Wales;

(e) elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly;

(f) elections of police and crime commissioners;

(g) local government elections; and

(h) local elections in Northern Ireland;

“represented registered party” has the meaning given in section 2;

“tax year” means a year beginning on 6 April and ending on the following 5 April;

“third party” means any person or body other than a represented registered party.

Financial provision

28. The following are to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State as a result of this Act, and

(b) any increase resulting from this Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money provided by Parliament.

Short title, commencement and extent

29.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Democratic Political Activity (Funding and Expenditure) Act 2013.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), this Act comes into force on 1st January 2014.

(3) Sections 10 to 16 come into force in accordance with any order made under section 17.

(4) This Act extends to—

(a) England and Wales;

(b) Scotland; and

(c) Northern Ireland.

Explanatory Note
Clauses 26 to 29 deal with a number of general matters.  These include delegated powers, definitions, financial provision and commencement.

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