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Comptroller and Auditor General Report

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Speaker’s Committee has received the Comptroller and Auditor General’s statutory value for money report on the Electoral Commission for 2004-05. (97482)

Yes. The Speaker’s Committee considered this report, entitled “Is the Public Aware of Democracy?”, at its meeting on 18 July 2006. The report examines the Electoral Commission’s expenditure in 2004-05 in pursuance of its statutory duty under section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to promote public awareness of electoral and democratic systems. The Comptroller and Auditor General had previously reported on the Commission’s expenditure in this area in his 2002-03 report, and this report includes a summary of the progress made by the Electoral Commission in implementing recommendations he made then.

The Committee is grateful to the Comptroller and Auditor General for this further report on an area to which the Electoral Commission devotes each year a significant proportion of its overall financial resources. The Committee has published it as an appendix to its first report 2006 and, as that report makes clear, will be following up the conclusions and recommendations with the Electoral Commission. The Committee’s report was laid before the House on 25 July 2006 as House of Commons paper number 1581. Copies have been placed in the Library and are now available in the Vote Office.