Postal Ballots

Part of Department for Constitutional Affairs – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th September 2004.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) 2:30 pm, 7th September 2004

I answered the question about the north-east referendum a few moments ago, in response to Mr. Atkinson. In respect of the other spin that Mr. Duncan is engaging in—trying to denigrate the all-postal pilot, which was, after all, worth a try, as the Electoral Commission said in its report—the commission concluded in its ICM survey of public opinion in those pilot regions that the majority of the public were satisfied and found it more convenient, and even that the majority of the public wanted all-postal voting for future elections. We must consider that when looking at the report. My feeling is that the public like to have a variety of different options when they cast their ballot. That will be the direction of policy development for the Government.