Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system

Part of Royal Commission (London) – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 12th October 2010.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Conservative, Epping Forest 6:45 pm, 12th October 2010

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the House ought to pay attention to the Gould report? That report was compiled at the behest of the previous Government, after the mess of the 2007 elections in Scotland, when there were various elections on the same day. Gould concluded that one

"problem with combining these elections has to do with the confusion it creates among the electorate," adding that

"it is clear that some voters were confused by the combined elections".

The Deputy Prime Minister says that that is patronising, but surely no one could suggest that only the voters of Scotland will be confused. If voters are confused, voters are confused.