—(1) Where a donation is received by a political association and it is not immediately decided that the association should (for whatever reason) refuse the donation, all reasonable steps must be taken without delay by or on behalf of the political association to verify or, so far as the following is not apparent, ascertain —
the identity of the donor;
whether he or it is a permissible donor; and
if he or it is a permissible donor, all such details in respect of the donor as are required by the Schedule to be given in respect of a donor of a recordable donation.
(2) Notwithstanding section 6, if a political association receives any donation which it is prohibited from accepting by virtue of section 8, or which the association has decided that it should for any reason refuse, then —
in the case of any anonymous donation, the requirements of section 10(1) must be complied with in respect of the whole donation; or
in any other case, the donation must be sent back, or a payment of an equivalent amount must be sent, to the person who made the donation or any other person appearing to be acting on his behalf,
within a period of 30 days beginning with the date when the donation is so received by the political association.
(3) For the purposes of this Act, a donation received by a political association shall be taken to have been accepted by the political association unless —
the steps referred to in subsection (2)(a) or (b), whichever is applicable, have been taken within the time limited by that subsection; and
a record can be produced of the receipt of the donation and —
of the required steps being taken in relation to the donation as mentioned in subsection (2)(a); or
of the return of the donation, or the equivalent amount, as mentioned in subsection (2)(b).