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Electoral Systems Review

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) when the Review of Electoral Systems will be referenced on the Department’s website; (115970)

(2) what form the published version of the Review of Electoral Systems will take;

(3) when she expects the Department’s Review of Electoral Systems to be published.

The Government review of the experiences of the new UK voting systems introduced for the devolved administrations, the European Parliament and London Assembly elections, is being conducted by officials within the DCA. Any decisions on next steps, if necessary, will be taken in due course. It remains the Government’s intention to finalise the review within the lifetime of this Parliament.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what details of the work of the Review of Electoral Systems have been publicly released since it began in February 2005; on what dates such details have been published; what form they were published in; and what steps she has taken to secure an input to the review from outside the Department. (115971)

The Government’s review of electoral systems is currently under way. The review is a desk-top study being carried out within my Department. We are seeking some input from outside the Department to ensure factual accuracy. No part of the review has yet been publicly released or published in any form.