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Electoral Register

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has given returning officers on removing from the Electoral Register those not entitled to vote; and if he will make a statement. (125650)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the guidance manuals it issued to electoral registration officers in England, Scotland and Wales in 2005 and 2006 included advice on eligibility for remaining on the electoral register. In July 2006, the Commission issued a circular to electoral registration officers on the extension by the Electoral Administration Act 2006 of the scope of their duties in relation to maintaining the electoral register, including removing those who are not eligible to be on it. I have arranged for a copy of this circular to be placed in the Library. The Commission has also provided further advice on this issue at its training and briefing seminars to support electoral administrators at the May 2007 elections.