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Departmental Visits Abroad

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 2277W, on departmental visits abroad, what the purpose of each foreign visit was, other than those listed as election or referendum observation. (186099)

The Electoral Commission informs me that the purpose of the visits in question was as follows:

Countries visited

Reason

2001

Australia

Study visit to the Australian Electoral Commission

Canada

Elections Canada (Annual Conference)

Croatia

Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Administrators (Annual Conference)

New Zealand

Study visit to the Electoral Enrolment Centre, Chief Electoral Office, and Electoral Commission

Republic of Ireland

Study visit on Referendum planning and working practices

Spain

Preparatory meeting for the Conference on European Electoral Management Bodies

Sweden

International IDEA Conference

2002

Mauritius

Commonwealth Secretariat seminar on voter registration

Poland

OSCE/ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Republic of Ireland

Study visit on Referendums

Russia

Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Administrators (Annual Conference)

Spain

Conference on European Electoral Management Bodies

Sweden

International IDEA Workshop: Toward the Development of Standards of Law and Practice to Promote Electoral Access for Citizens with Disabilities

2003

Australia

Work placement: Department of Local Government and Regional Development, Western Australia

Belgium

European Parliament: Disability Intergroup Meeting

Canada

Conference on the State Funding of Political Parties

Germany

Study visit on voting Age

India

International IDEA Election Management Bodies conference

Mexico

Second Conference of the global electoral organisations network

Switzerland

IFES/IDEA/IPU/Inclusion International Conference on electoral rights for people for disabilities

USA

Study visit on political party funding

2004

Albania

Study visit on voter turnout and first time voters

Austria

FCO-organised study visit on electoral standards and commitments

Canada

Study visit on political party funding

Elections Canada Conference on monitoring the Iraqi elections

Chile

British Council Conference on election administration and political party funding

Germany

Study visit on political party funding

Netherlands

Study visit on political party funding

2005

Austria

OSCE/ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation meeting

Canada

Meeting with Elections Canada

France

Second European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies in Strasbourg (Venice Commission)

Hungary

ACCEEEO-organised meeting of EU election experts

India

Commonwealth Secretariat Conference of Chief Election Officers

Mexico

Federal Electoral Institute Seminar on the Media and Elections

Poland

OSCE/ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation meeting

Russia

OSCE/ODIHR expert meeting on election observation

USA

International Mission for Iraqi Elections meeting

Study of US Govt bodies

COGEL (Council on Govt, ethics and law) Conference

2006

Canada

IFES conference—Making Electoral Reform Real: Best Practices for managing an electoral system transition

Latvia

Association of Central and Eastern European Electoral Administrators (Annual Conference)

Poland

ODIHR Roundtable on election issues

2007

Canada

Study visit to Elections Canada

COGEL Conference

Poland

OSCE/ODIHR conference on e-voting

Republic of Ireland

Meeting with the Department for Foreign Affairs

Meeting with the Standards in Public Office

Russia

Study visit to the Independent Electoral Commission

South Africa

Conference hosted by The Electoral Commission of South Africa on Democratic Momentum

Sweden

International IDEA Working Group

USA

Global Electoral Organization (GEO) Conference