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V1530 – Foreign Funding Restrictions (Amendment) Bill 2019, 04MR17 MP



A bill to close the loopholes provided in the original act by using third party definitions.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1. Amendment to the Foreign Funding Restrictions Act 2019

(1) Section 1 entitled "Definitions" is amended from:

(x)(x)1. Definitions
(x)(x)(a). The classification of a jurisdiction with the labels "full democracy", "flawed democracy", "hybrid regime", and "authoritarian regime" is based on the Democracy Index issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
(x)(x)(b). The classification of a jurisdiction with the label "perceived as less corrupt" and "perceived as more corrupt" is based on the Corruption Perceptions Index issued by Transparency International, with the former group being jurisdictions with 50 points or more, and the latter 49 or fewer.
(x)(x)(c). "Government funding" refers to any money in any currency that comes from a budget of the government.

To:

(x)(x)1. Definitions
(x)(x)(a). Full democracies are defined as: Nations where civil liberties and basic political freedoms are respected and reinforced by a political culture conducive to the thriving of democratic principles. These nations have a valid system of governmental checks and balances, an independent judiciary whose decisions are enforced, governments that function adequately, and diverse and independent media.

(x)(x)(b) Flawed democracies are defined as: Nations where elections are fair and free and basic civil liberties are honoured but may have problems. These nations have significant faults in other democratic aspects, including underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.

(x)(x)(c) Hybrid regimes are defined as: Nations with regular electoral frauds, governments that apply pressure on political opponents, non-independent judiciaries, widespread corruption, harassment and pressure placed on the media, anemic rule of law, and more pronounced faults than flawed democracies in the realms of underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.

(x)(x)(d) Authoritarian regimes are defined as: Nations with extremely limited political pluralism, often absolute monarchies or dictatorships, infringements and abuses of civil liberties are commonplace, any elections are not fair and free, media is often state-owned or controlled , the judiciary is not independent, and there is omnipresent censorship and suppression of governmental criticism.

(x)(x)(e). The classification of a jurisdiction with the label "perceived as less corrupt" and "perceived as more corrupt" is based on the Corruption Perceptions Index issued by Transparency International, with the former group being jurisdictions with 50 points or more, and the latter 49 or fewer.

(x)(x)(f). "Government funding" refers to any money in any currency that comes from a budget of the government.

(2) The following section is inserted:

(x)(x)5. Changing definitions
(x)(x)(1) In the event that the organisation in clause 1(e) discontinues the Secretary of State shall
(x)(x)(a) Find alternative measures with which to determine national corruption
(x)(x)(b) Seek approval of the house for using such measurements
(x)(x)(2) Once approved by the house, these measurements will be used in lieu of those in clause 1(e)

(3) Section 5 is thus re-numbered section 6


2. Short title, commencement, and extent
(1) This act may be cited as the Foreign Funding Restrictions (Amendment) Act 2019.
(2) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(3) This Act comes into force upon royal assent.

Notes
This bill fixes the errors in the original bill whereby third parties were cited within legislation for the use of their definitions. If those 3rd parties were to cease to operate, or indeed change their name, then the bill as it stands would be rendered entirely invalid. Despite being raised on multiple occasions before the bill passed this was not addressed, meaning this amendment is now required.

This bill does not change anything to do with the implementation of the original act, it simply allows the act to remain a law permanently, rather than simply for as long as the Economist Intelligence Unit exists.

The definitions listed here are copied from this page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index
Which itself is based on this page:
https://www.eiu.com/topic/democracy-index

The measurements referred to in (e) can be read about here:
https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrup...ceptions_Index
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Aye, no harm in the amendments as far as I can see.
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Aye, a sensible amendment.
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Aye, as per in the debate: it shouldn't have needed to come to this... :grumble:
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I'll wait for Baron and vote with him on this.
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Well I guess this largely gets around the de facto ban by using definitions that are so indefinite that you can just ignore the ban in most cases
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Order, order!

The Ayes to the right: 24
The Noes to the left: 4
Abstains: 6

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