HC Deb 20 November 2000 vol 357 c81W
18. Mr. Clifton-Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans for implementing the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill. [137464]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Subject to the timing of Royal Assent, we intend to commence a substantial part of the Bill, including the controls on donations and campaign expenditure, on or around 16 February 2001. The implementation of these provisions will give effect to the Government's manifesto commitments to require the disclosure of the source and value of donations of £5,000 or more and to ban the foreign funding of political parties.