E-democracy

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of e-democracy projects undertaken in (a) the UK Parliament, (b) other parliaments and (c) local authorities; and if he will list them.

Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions)

My Department, with the Office of the e-Envoy and others, are developing e-democracy in the United Kingdom. The Government intend to consult on their wide-ranging proposals later this year. In drawing up these proposals, we are considering lessons to be learned from the best examples of e-democracy projects that have taken place in the UK Parliament, other parliaments and in local authorities, which include the following:

UK Parliament

The All Party Domestic Violence Group on-line consultation (Womenspeak).

The Social Security Select Committee inquiry into tax credits.

Elected representatives websites.

Other Parliaments

The Scottish Parliament's on-line petitions and discussion groups.

The National Assembly for Wales' on-line consultation for ICT strategy.

The European Parliament—on-line petitions and citizen's mailbox.

The Aboriginal Canada website.

Dutch Parliament—e-voting.

US Presidential elections 2000—remote internet voting.

Elected representatives websites.

Local authorities

Young Camden website.

Young Citizen's project—Lewisham.

Online referenda in Bristol and Croydon and other voting pilots.

The Kalix Radslag deliberation (Sweden)—on-line consultation and discussion.

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