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Electoral Register: Freedom of Information

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the marked electoral register is excluded from the disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. (205649)

The Freedom of Information Act provides a general right to access information held by public authorities, subject to certain exemptions. The right of access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is supplementary to the very many ways in which public authorities already provide information to members of the public. Under regulations made under the Electoral Administration Act 2006, the marked electoral register is available for people to inspect for one year after polling day, under the supervision of the Electoral Registration Officer, for research or electoral purposes. Copies of the marked electoral register may be supplied to certain authorised persons and bodies for research or electoral purposes.