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Elections

Volume 713: debated on Friday 23 October 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) which electoral systems operate in the United Kingdom, and (b) what was the turnout at the most recent election in which each system was used. [HL5707]

Details of the electoral systems which operate in the United Kingdom and the approximate turnout at the most recent election (excluding by-elections) in which each system was used are set out in the table below:

Electoral system

Election

Approximate Turnout

First Past the Post

Local County Council Elections (England)—2009

35.0%

Westminster Parliamentary Elections—2005

61.0%

Additional Member System

Greater London Assembly Election—2008

45.0%

Scottish Parliamentary Election—2007

51.7%

National Assembly for Wales Election - 2007

43.5%

Closed Party List System

European Parliamentary Elections (England, Wales and Scotland)—2009

34.7%

Single Transferable Vote

European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland)—2009

42.8%

Northern Ireland Assembly Elections—2007

63.0%

Local Government Elections (Scotland)—2007

53.8%

Local Government Elections (Northern Ireland)—2005

62.8%

Supplementary Vote

Bedford Borough Council Mayoral Election—2009

30.9%

Greater London Mayoral Election—2008

45.0%