Deputy Prime Minister
Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the papers prepared by his Department relating to the transfer of the duties of acting returning officers to senior local government officials.
Mark Harper (Parliamentary Secretary (Political and Constitutional Reform), Cabinet Office; Forest of Dean, Conservative)
The Government will be reviewing the assumptions they use to allocate funds for the various activities which are essential to running national polls. As part of this review, we will look at whether the current level of returning officers’ fees is appropriate, with a view to ensuring that all those responsible for the successful delivery of elections receive appropriate remuneration for their work.