Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system

Part of Royal Commission (London) – in the House of Commons at 9:15 pm on 12th October 2010.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 9:15 pm, 12th October 2010

I am just about to deal with the hon. Gentleman's second point, which was about the cost of the count. It is perfectly clear-we acknowledge it-that some aspects of combination will require more resources than a stand-alone poll would, but that will be very much outweighed by the significant savings made by hiring polling stations and staff for one day rather than two. He is perfectly right that there are some increases in cost as a result of combining, but the overall saving is quite significant. It is about £30 million, which will be shared between the UK budget and the budgets of the devolved Administrations.