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Electoral Commission

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What has been the cost of the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established. [HL1201]

The Electoral Commission is a body wholly independent of the Government. The commission reports directly to Parliament, including through the Speaker's Committee. A member of the Speaker's Committee responds to questions about the operation of the Electoral Commission in the House of Commons.

The Electoral Commission resource accounts are in the public domain. They can be accessed at www. electoralcommission.org.uk/about-us/annualreport.cfm.

The accounts are also laid annually before Parliament and are available in the Library of both Houses.

Taken from the Electoral Commission's resource accounts, the net operating cost of the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established are:

Year

Net operating costs

2006-07

£22,316,000

2005-06

£21,916,000

2004-05

£24,824,000

2003-04

£19,884,000

2002-03

£18,023,000

2001-02

£6,600,000

2000-01

£1,398,000

2000-01 figure is from appropriation account statement of outturn; figures for 2001-02 onwards are net operating costs in resource accounts.