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Electoral Commission

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals to allow party members to serve as (a) staff of the Electoral Commission and (b) Electoral Commissioners on the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission. (130062)

In its Eleventh Report, the Committee on Standards in Public Life made recommendations aimed at changing the extent of the statutory restrictions on grounds of political activity on appointment as an Electoral Commissioner, and at reducing the duration of the similar restrictions on appointments to the Commission’s staff. The Speaker’s Committee will be considering this report soon. I also refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 25 October 2006, Official Report, column 1868W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich, (Mrs. Dunwoody).

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission how many staff of the Electoral Commission have worked for the Commission (a) for less than one year, (b) for between (i) one and two years, (ii) two and three years, (iii) three and four years, (iv) four and five years and (c) for more than five years. (130270)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the figures for current staff are as follows:

Number

(a) less than 1 year

37

(b) (i) 1-2 years

25

(b) (ii) 2-3 years

17

(b) (iii) 3-4 years

26

(b) (iv) 4-5 years

22

(c) more than 5 years

15

Note:

As at 23 March 2007. ‘Current staff’ includes all permanent and fixed term staff members, but excludes consultants and temporary workers.