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David Howarth (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1475-6W, on electoral systems: armed forces, how many of the 9,670 service personnel not eligible to vote in general elections are (a) under 18 years and (b) citizens of each country other than the UK, Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland.

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Kevan Jones (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence; North Durham, Labour)

I have been asked to reply.

There are 4,551 service personnel under the age of 18 years.

The following table, based on declared nationality, gives the number of service personnel not eligible to vote in general elections other than citizens of the UK, Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland:

Nationality Grand total
Afghan 1
Albanian 1
Citizen of the Central African Republic 3
Colombian 1
Foreign 4
French 1
German 7
Greek 1
Nepalese 4,143
Norwegian 1
Slovenian 1
Swazi 18
United States citizen 5
Ukrainian 2
Yugoslavian 1
No Nationality Recorded 928
Total 5,119

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