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Electoral Register: EC and Commonwealth Nationals

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many citizens of other EU states were on the UK electoral register on 31 December 2006; (125653)

(2) how many Commonwealth (non-UK) citizens were on the UK electoral register on 31 December 2006.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 8 March 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking how many citizens of other EU states were on the UK Electoral Register on 31 December 2006 (125653) and how many Commonwealth (non-UK) citizens were on the UK Electoral Register on 31 December 2006 (125654).

Data separately identifying British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizens are not collected centrally; these citizens are grouped together on local authority electoral returns. Therefore it is not possible to say how many non-UK Commonwealth citizens are registered to vote.

The number of registered electors, who qualify through EU citizenship, on 1 December 2006, was 696,171. This excludes British, Irish, Cypriot and Maltese citizens. Cypriot and Maltese citizens qualify as Commonwealth citizens. Annual electoral data are collected for registers in force on 1 December. This is the closest date for which data are available.