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Elections: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps are being taken to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of returning officers. (205705)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it is using its powers under the Electoral Administration Act 2006 to implement a performance standards framework for returning officers and electoral registration officers in Great Britain. The Commission will use the framework to provide an assessment of the performance of individual officers, and to identify areas where further support may be required to improve performance. The Commission will also collect and analyse financial information from returning officers to support its assessments of performance and efficiency.