Overseas Electors Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough 2:00 pm, 22nd March 2019

Before my hon. Friend moves on, new clause 12 calls for a report on electoral offences, including on whether the number has changed as a result of this legislation. Will he tell us how we might be able to pull apart the effects of the extension of the franchise in this Bill and the many other factors that could affect both the number of offences and the number of overseas electors? Page 9 of the Commons Library briefing on the Bill shows us that many factors, including electronic voting, referendum campaigns and general elections, cause the numbers to move far more than changes to the franchise.