Electoral registration officers are currently able to:
inspect and take copies of any records kept by their own council, and
to inspect and take copies of records kept by any registrar of births and deaths.
The Electoral Administration Bill does not change this. However, what it does do is require electoral registration officers when compiling the electoral register to make full use of their powers to inspect those records which they are permitted to inspect.
In the Electoral Administration Bill the Government inserted a requirement that the MOD would keep a record of the electoral registration information of service personnel. This record will provide statistical information that will be used to provide monitoring on a continuous basis.