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Postal Votes

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of electors who registered for postal votes in each year’s elections since the Representation of the People Act 2000 came into force, excluding elections with all-postal voting. (102830)

I refer the hon. Member to my previous answer on 12 June 2006, Official Report, column 1051W, for information about elections from 2001 to 2005. The Electoral Commission subsequently published on its website the report by Professors Railings and Thrasher from the University of Plymouth on the local elections 2006, which shows that for these elections, based on data from 161 out of 176 authorities, almost 14 per cent. of electors were registered for a postal vote.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government plans to conduct further elections via all-postal voting. (102840)

Under the Representation of the People Act 2000 my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs is obliged by law to consider any application from a local authority to pilot innovative voting methods and we will consider them on a case-by-case basis. We have no intention to amend the RPA 2000 in this respect.