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Electoral Register: Information and Communications Technology

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors database is for each of the next three years. (203136)

The total budget allocated to the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors (CORE) project during the current spending round is £11.7 million, which consists of £9.7 million capital and £2 million non-capital.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors’ database is intended to include electors in Northern Ireland. (203138)

The legislation that sets out the scope of the Co-ordinated On-line Record of Electors (CORE) database allows for the inclusion of electors from Northern Ireland. A final decision on the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the CORE project will be made at the end of this year. In order to inform this decision a consultation with stakeholders will take place during the second part of this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process his Department will use to determine who the keeper of the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors will be; and if he will invite bids from the public and private sector for this role. (203140)

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 Chapter 22, Part 1 states at Section 1 (10) ‘The person designated as a CORE keeper must be a public authority’. The Electoral Commission is our preferred choice to fulfil this role, and discussions are ongoing with them on this matter.