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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: According to the Electoral Commission, the register used for June’s general election was the most accurate for years. The identity of applicants is verified by electoral registration officers using digital services provided by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, and we have seen record levels of engagement. Recommendations by Sir Eric Pickles’ report have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: Although being registered at more than one address is perfectly legal, voting more than once at a general election is a crime that currently carries an unlimited financial penalty. The Government are reviewing a range of measures to prevent people from voting twice at general elections, and I also understand that the police are investigating allegations in several local authorities on this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. At the moment, there is an unlimited fine, but the Government are considering a range of other measures, including in relation to criminal proceedings, in order to move forwards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government are committed to ensuring individual voter registration. A complete register means nothing unless it is underpinned by accuracy, and we have the most accurate register. On electoral fraud, I make the point, as I have done repeatedly before, that it is the perception of fraud that is so corrosive to our democracy. The Electoral Commission’s report published today shows...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I am sure the hon. Gentleman will welcome the fact that at the last general election there were more people on the electoral register, and more people voting, than there have been since 1992. We should bear in mind the state of the Labour Government in 2001-05, when there were far more people off the register. We are determined to have a democracy that works for everyone, and we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: As the hon. Gentleman will know, electoral policy in Northern Ireland is dealt with by the Northern Ireland Office, but the Cabinet Office is working closely on how individual electoral registration can be introduced in Northern Ireland. I will refer the hon. Gentleman’s point to the Northern Ireland Office, but proof of identity has been required in polling stations in Northern Ireland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Lobbying (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government are committed to transparency in lobbying. In 2014 we created a statutory register of consultant lobbyists to increase transparency among those seeking to lobby Ministers and permanent secretaries on behalf of third parties. That legislation complements the existing framework of industry-led regulation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Lobbying (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government are of the view that the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 increased transparency around the work of consultants and lobbyists and therefore we will not be undertaking any future review. The Act confers powers on the register of lobbyists to remove an organisation from the register if that organisation seeks to undertake...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government have stated in their manifesto a clear commitment to maintain the voting age of 18, and therefore the Government have no plans to lower the voting age in elections.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: As the hon. Gentleman has made clear, this Government have given powers to the devolved Assemblies to make decisions in respect of their local government and regional elections, but the position of the Government remains clear: on the parliamentary franchise, the age will remain at 18. Of course, I look forward to the many contributions that will be made in the debate on that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government are of course determined to engage the many young people in schools in the democratic processes. Recently I established a national democracy week, in which I hope all Members will take part. It is vital for democratic participation that we encourage young people to get involved as early as possible, and to be educated in our democratic processes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: We have had many debates on the franchise, and I have sat as a Back Bencher through several debates in my parliamentary career so far; I think Parliament has voted three times on the issue and has consistently decided not to introduce votes at 16. We will be having future debates, and I look forward to engaging with the hon. Lady in them in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I am afraid that my hon. Friend and I will have to agree to disagree on that point. The Government’s position remains as it was in our manifesto: the franchise will be retained at 18. However, I am sure that my hon. Friend will want to participate in future debates on this issue through private Members’ Bills on Fridays.

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I thank all Members from both sides of the House who have participated in this important debate: my hon. Friends the Members for Mid Derbyshire (Mrs Latham), for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart), for Bridgwater and West Somerset (Mr Liddell-Grainger), for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) and for Angus (Kirstene Hair), my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Sir Hugo Swire), and...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I was coming to that point. The figures mentioned earlier were for prosecutions for hate crime. There were 15,442 prosecutions in 2015-16, of which 12,846 were successful. I hope that deals with my right hon. Friend’s point. The recent Digital Economy Act 2017 will help to ensure that online abuse is tackled by requiring a code of practice to be established. The code will set out...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Simon Hart) on securing this important debate. I welcome the opportunity to address some of the issues that he and other hon. Members from both sides of the House have raised. My hon. Friend put his points across in powerful terms, as have others today, and this is clearly an extremely serious matter that...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I entirely agree that we, like all legislators, cannot be silent on this issue. I hope that, as the committee begins to set up its review, all Members will wish to partake some of the evidence they have given today and do so confidentially, without risk of somehow glorifying the perpetrators. It will be for the committee to determine the exact parameters of the review, but we anticipate that...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Electoral Fraud (5 Jul 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The Government believe that electoral fraud is unacceptable on any level. We have a clear path to building a democracy that is both clear and secure, and we will work closely with key partner organisations to deliver a comprehensive programme of work for reforming our electoral system and strengthening electoral integrity.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Electoral Fraud (5 Jul 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The offence of double voting that my hon. Friend mentions is completely unacceptable. Indeed, it is nothing less than an abuse of our democracy. I am meeting Sir John Holmes, the chair of the Electoral Commission, this afternoon, and I intend to raise this with him as a priority. Let all of us in this House be clear: this is a crime. If anyone has any evidence of people voting twice, they...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Electoral Fraud (5 Jul 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The IER digital service operated by the Cabinet Office checks the details provided by the applicant, including their national insurance number, against government data before passing on the application to the relevant local electoral administration teams.


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