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Is that not a considerable sum of money and probably more than it costs to run the central headquarters of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties combined? Does the Electoral Commission not seem to be straying into all sorts of areas way beyond its original remit, and is it not time that we started to look at whether it represents proper value for money?
The Electoral Commission undertakes duties that have been laid upon it by Parliament. Before each financial year, the commission submits to the Speaker's Committee an estimate of the commission's income and expenditure for that year and the Speaker's Committee takes account of the latest report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the commission and it also consults the Treasury and considers any advice that the Treasury may give before the Speaker's Committee lays the Electoral Commission's estimates before the House.