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Community Charge And Electoral Registration

Volume 181: debated on Monday 19 November 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister (1) what is her estimate, to the latest available date, of the total numbers of persons in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales who have not registered their names in connection with the poll tax; and if she will make a statement;(2) what action has been taken to warn people in Scotland, England and Wales of the implications of failure to register for poll tax purposes for the appearance of names on the electoral registers.

The community charges register and the electoral register are separate entities and are compiled with reference to different criteria and for different purposes. There is no question of anyone being denied the right to vote simply because their name does not appear on the community charges register. I refer the hon. Member to the full answer being given today to him on this subject by my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary and to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East (Mr. Barnes) on 15 November 1990 at column 703.