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Electoral Commission: Grants

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to an Electoral Commission press release dated 12 February on grants allocated to community-based organisations, what steps the Commission is taking to ensure that such funding is awarded to politically impartial organisations. (191091)

The Electoral Commission informs me that all grant-funded organisations must comply with the terms and conditions of the scheme, which state that projects must be run and delivered in an impartial and unbiased manner and that no part of the grant shall be used to promote party or other political purposes.

All grants are monitored through quarterly reports and annual visits by Commission officials.