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Electoral Register: Warrington

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the qualifying population are registered as electors in (a) each local authority in the north-west and (b) Warrington. (212308)

The information falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 June 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your questions asking what percentage of the qualifying population are registered as electors in (a) each local authority in the North West and (b) Warrington. (212308).

Table 1 gives the number of people who are registered to vote in the local/European elections as a percent of the “estimated usually resident population” age 18 and over, for each local authority in the North West (and Warrington), for 2006.

These percentages provide the closest available approximation to the registration rates that you requested. However they should not be interpreted as the percentage of the eligible population who are registered to vote. Not everyone who is usually resident is entitled to vote, for example foreign citizens from outside of the EU and Commonwealth are not eligible.

The figures used are for the local/ European electorate because the eligibility criteria are closer to the definition of the usually resident population than those for the parliamentary electorate (EU citizens are included and UK citizens resident abroad are excluded).

For some areas rates exceed one hundred per cent as figures for the registered electorate may be inflated. People who have more than one address may register in more than one place (e.g. students may register at parental and term-time addresses and electoral registration officers vary in how quickly they remove people from the registers after they have moved away from an area or died).

The limitations described above affect areas in different ways. This limits comparability of these figures across local authorities.

The figures provided are for the most recent year that estimates of the usually resident population are available. Electoral statistics for December 2007 are available at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme other/UK_Electoral Statistics_2007.xls

Table 1: The local/European electorate as a percentage of the “estimated usually resident population” aged 18+ for each local authority in the North West and Warrington.

Percentage

Area

Mid-20061,2,3

North West

97

Blackburn with Darwen UA

100

Blackpool UA

99

Halton UA

100

Warrington UA

98

Cheshire

Chester

97

Congleton

100

Crewe and Nantwich

97

Ellesmere Port and Neston

99

Macclesfield

102

Vale Royal

99

Cumbria

Allerdale

96

Barrow-in-Furness

93

Carlisle

99

Copeland

99

Eden

99

South Lakeland

97

Greater Manchester (Met. County)

Bolton

100

Bury

98

Manchester

91

Oldham

92

Rochdale

98

Salford

94

Stockport

99

Tameside

94

Trafford

95

Wigan

99

Lancashire

Burnley

99

Chorley

98

Fylde

98

Hyndburn

96

Lancaster

92

Pendle

95

Preston

92

Kibble Valley

98

Rossendale

101

South Ribble

100

West Lancashire

101

Wyre

98

Merseyside (Met. County)

Knowsley

95

Liverpool

93

St. Helens

98

Sefton

97

Wirral

99

1 Figures for the local/European electorate are those registered to vote if an election had been held on 1 December 2006 and refer to a qualifying date of 15 October 2006.

2 The estimated usually resident population are the mid-year population estimates for 30 June 2006

3 Registration rates exceed 100 per cent. where the registered electorate exceed the estimated population of an area.

Source:

Office for National Statistics (ONS).