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Policy Advisers

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what expert advisers have been commissioned by the Electoral Commission since its inception; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so appointed made a declaration of political activity in each case. (246967)

The Electoral Commission informs me that where records are available this information is presented in the following tables. The process for engaging expert advisers was centralised in mid-September 2008 and therefore the records are complete only from this point forward.

The Electoral Commission further informs me that there is no statutory restriction on engaging expert advisers based on political activity. However, given the nature of some of the work expert advisers may be asked to undertake the Commission has since mid-September 2008 required all such advisers to complete a declaration of political activity. Prior to mid-September 2008 declarations of political activity were only required of some expert advisers.

Expert advisers hired after mid-September 2008


Purpose of appointment

Elizabeth Butler (made political declaration)

Independent member of the Audit Committee providing external challenge support and advice

Caroline Morris (made political declaration)

To provide legal advice to the Boundary Committee for England and Party and Election Finance Directorate

Trevor Shepherd (made political declaration)

Development of enforcement policies and procedures

Steve Kingston (made political declaration)

Acting Head of Enforcement

Expert advisers hired before mid-September 2008


Purpose of appointment

Louise Ferguson

Consultancy services on a project on the design of ballot papers

Nicole Smith (made political declaration)

Consultancy services on the Commission's response to the White Paper on regulation of Party Funding

Justin Fisher (made political declaration)

Professional services to the Party and Election Finance directorate

George Fairbairn

Provision of advice, guidance and information to electoral administrators and other interested parties on electoral law and practice in Scotland

Denise Wheatley

Provision of advice relating to the Equality Scheme in Northern Ireland

Colin McDonald

Review of the Vote Scotland public awareness campaign

John Roberts

Legal advisor on parish orders

Terence Scarborough

Legal advisor on parish orders

Tessa Dunston

Legal advisor on parish orders

Graham Farrant

Mentoring of trainee practise advisers and project work on Electoral Administration

Peter Stanyon

Electoral Administration Bill guidance