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Scottish Parliament: Elections

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish minutes of meetings held with Scotland Office Ministers and the Ron Gould Scottish Elections review team. (165814)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: The one meeting between Scotland Office Ministers and Ron Gould plus his review team was a private discussion and no agreed minute was taken. A note drawn up for internal purposes only covered the seven key issue areas which Gould made the focus of his review. Also discussed was Mr. Gould’s request to have access to ballot paper images to assist in his analysis of rejected papers. I will provide to the Scottish Affairs Committee, to assist them with their discussions, the timelines for legislation and ballot paper design that were requested by Ron Gould as written evidence from the Scotland Office.