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Electoral Commission

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 31 January (WA 140), what has been the cost of police investigations into complaints by the Electoral Commission; whether the Electoral Commission has directly contributed towards police costs; and, if so, what that contribution has been in each year since the Electoral Commission was established. [HL1755]

I understand from the Metropolitan Police Service that there have been two referrals to it from the Electoral Commission to date. The investigations by the Metropolitan Police Service have not yet been concluded and therefore it is not in a position to confirm the costs at this time.

The Electoral Commission is a body wholly independent of the Government. The commission reports directly to Parliament, including through the Speaker's Committee. Electoral Commission costs are a matter for the Speaker's Committee.