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Electoral Arrangements

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what expenditure has been allocated to fund (a) election pilots and (b) e-voting pilots in the May 2007 local elections. (99625)

The funding for pilots in May 2007 will depend upon how many local authority applications are approved by the Secretary of State and what processes those pilots test.

Until that decision is taken we cannot put a figure on the funding to be allocated. I will inform the House about the pilot programme and likely cost in due course.

Each application will be considered on a case by case basis and will only be approved if it has an effective business case and offers value for money.