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Electoral Register: Public Consultation

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 16 March 2009, Official Report, columns 951-2W, on financial services: electoral register, what the timetable is for the consultation. (273345)

As mentioned by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Mr. Thomas) to the question asked on 16 March 2009, Official Report, columns 951-52W, by my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), the Government are committed to holding a public consultation to establish how removing the provisions that govern the edited register would impact not just on individuals but the economy as a whole.

The exact timing of the consultation has not yet been finalised but it is our intention to launch it shortly. The consultation will enable the Government to build a firmer evidence base about the advantages and disadvantages of the edited register and consider the way forward on the basis of the responses received.