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Postal Voting

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Government have made of the number of electors who registered for postal votes in each election in each year since the Representation of the People Act 2000 came into force, excluding elections with all-postal voting. (70598)

The Government holds the following information on the number of postal voters in each election held since the RPA 2000 came into force:

UK general election 2001—1,758,055 electors

English local elections 2002 (non pilot regions)—4.9 per cent.1

Scottish parliamentary elections 2003—3.6 per cent.1

National Assembly for West Wales elections 2003—6.9 per cent.1

UK European parliamentary and local elections 2004 (excluding pilot regions)—2,507,272 electors2

UK general election 2005 - 5,362,501 electors2

2006 local elections—not yet available.

1 No statistic showing the precise number of electors available.

2 Provided by the Electoral Commission.