"Piloting conduct at European and local elections
Lord Filkin (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs; Labour)
My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Rennard, for courteously giving way. The commission signalled that it was open to the Government to go beyond the two pilots. The Government did so, recognising that it would not have been the commission's preference to have gone to four. I believe that the noble Lord put a more negative gloss on the matter than the facts justify.