Eleanor Laing (Shadow Minister, Justice; Epping Forest, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of operating electronic counting at elections for (a) Bedford borough council in 2007, (b) Breckland district council in 2007 and (c) the London Mayor and the London Assembly in 2008.
Michael Wills (Minister of State, Ministry of Justice; North Swindon, Labour)
The Ministry of Justice provided funding of £177,364 to Bedford and £164,805 to Breckland to cover the costs of operating the electronic counting pilots.
The Greater London Authority entered into a contract worth just over £4.5 million for the provision of electronic counting services, supply of the three types of ballot papers and support services for the 2008 London Mayor and London Assembly elections. There will have been some savings from not conducting a manual count.