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Electoral Register

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what additional funding is provided to local authorities with large numbers of houses in multiple occupation to compile the electoral register. (118015)

Funding is already allocated by the Government to local authorities to perform registration activities and additional funding has been provided to implement new measures introduced under the Electoral Administration Act, of which maintaining and compiling the electoral register is one.

£19.9 million has been transferred to English local authorities in 2006-07 and £1.2 million will be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales in 2006-07. The same sums will be transferred in 2007-08. In addition, up to £12.2 million for the new absent vote personal identifier arrangements will be provided over 2006-07 and 2007-08.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much each local authority in Lancashire spent per head of population on compiling the electoral register in each of the last five years. (118016)

While this information is not collected centrally, Section 67 of the EA Act 2006 has allowed the Electoral Commission to set and monitor performance standards for electoral services and to obtain information on expenditure, including the cost of registration functions by EROs. The Commission intends to devise a model for costing electoral registration services by 1 December 2007, which will help to establish the costs of registration activities in each local authority.