Prompt to register as an overseas elector

Part of Overseas Electors Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:15 am on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar 10:15 am, 22nd March 2019

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. He is being customarily generous with his time.

May I return to the point made by my hon. Friend Neil O’Brien, who raised the prospect of helpful neighbours sending information to registration officers about people moving? Is not the more pertinent issue that some parts of the Government machine—Departments and officers—may become aware that someone is moving away for work and may choose to share that information with a registration officer, and new clause 1 would then give that registration officer the agency to act?