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This document contains responses from the public to the consultation, as well as the government’s conclusions that legislation should be brought forward to ensure that the identities of donors and lenders should continue to be kept confidential for a further 2 years.
This consultation paper seeks views on whether details of donations and loans made to political parties in Northern Ireland should be made public or whether some confidentiality provisions should continue to apply for a further period.
Currently, political parties must report details of donations and loans they have received above certain thresholds to the Electoral Commission. However, the Commission is currently under a strict duty not to release information relating to donations and loans made to Northern Ireland political parties publicly. This duty of confidentiality was previously due to cease on 31 October 2010, however Parliament recently approved legislation to extend this to 1 March 2011 to allow for full consultation on this issue.