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Electoral Commission: Standards

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Speaker's Committee has received the Comptroller and Auditor General's statutory value for money report on the Electoral Commission 2005-06. (158431)

Yes. The Speaker's Committee considered this report, entitled ‘Electoral Registration: The lynchpin of democracy’, at its meeting on 27 June. The report focuses on the important issue of electoral registration and makes eight recommendations to the Electoral Commission, on: the use of its new powers to request information from Electoral Registration Officers, improving the completeness and the accuracy of the electoral register, and performance measurement.

The Committee is grateful to the Comptroller and Auditor General for this thorough report on a key element in the electoral process. It has been published as an Appendix to the Committee's Second Report 2007, and the Committee is now seeking the Electoral Commission's response to its recommendations. The report was laid before the House on 26 July 2007 as House of Commons Paper No 997, and copies are available in the Vote Office.