Returning Officers: Pay

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister

(1) how much was paid in fees to (a) acting returning officers at general elections and (b) returning officers at local elections in each of the last 10 years;

(2) what payments were made to acting returning officers in each parliamentary constituency in respect of the May 2010 general election.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The maximum recoverable amounts which acting returning officers are entitled to claim for their services and expenses in conducting UK parliamentary elections are set out in statutory orders which are made by the Secretary of State prior to the date of the poll.

The relevant orders are the Parliamentary Elections (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2010 and the Parliamentary Elections (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2005 which were made respectively for the 2010 and 2005 UK parliamentary elections. These can be found at:

The total amount claimed by acting returning officers in England and Wales for the 2005 UK parliamentary election was £1,464.886. The total amount paid to date to acting returning officers for conducting the 2010 UK parliamentary election in England and Wales is £1,671,237. However, as the figures listed in the charges order are maximum recoverable amounts, we will only know the actual total claimed once all claims for this poll have been settled.

Information on the amounts which returning officers were paid for conducting local elections is not available centrally.

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