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Electoral Register

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of (a) the number of people who are not on their local Electoral Register but would be eligible to vote were they on the Electoral Register, (b) the number of people who are on a local Electoral Register but should not be, (c) the number of people who appear on more than one Electoral Register and (d) the number of people who appear more than once in a single Electoral Register. (137630)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 23 May 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding what estimate has been made of (a) the total number of people who are not on their local electoral register but are eligible to vote, (b) the total number of people who are on the local electoral register but should not be, (c) the total number of people who appear on more than one electoral register, and (d) the total number of people who appear more than once in a single electoral register. (137630)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not make any regular estimates of these figures.

On occasion, the ONS has been commissioned to estimate the degree of non-registration of the eligible population. The Electoral Commission study "Understanding electoral registration" http://www.electoralcommission.org./templates/search/document.cfm/13545 reported the most recent estimate. The ONS’s best estimate for non-registration among the eligible household population in England and Wales at 15 October 2000 lies between 8% and 9%. This estimate equates to approximately 3.5 million people.