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Electoral Register

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much income local authorities have received from the sale of electoral register details to (a) businesses and (b) charities in each of the last seven years. (303904)

The Government do not collect information from local authorities on the revenue received from the sale of the electoral register.

The fees charged for the sale of the registers are set with a view to the recovery of reasonable administration costs. In August 2008, the Local Government Association and the Association of Electoral Administrators surveyed local authorities on the overall income generated by the sale of the edited version of the electoral register. 204 local authorities responded to the survey, which found that the overall revenue received was an average of £1,900 per annum.

The Government are currently consulting on the future of the edited register. The consultation opened on 24 November 2009 and closes on 23 February 2010.