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Electoral Administration Bill

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

30. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what options for data sharing are available to electoral registration officers; and whether this will change under the provisions in the Electoral Administration Bill. (83877)

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.

33. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures she will put in place to monitor the effect of the proposed changes to Services voting in the Electoral Administration Bill. (83880)

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.