Electoral Registration

Defence written question – answered on 21st February 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are serving overseas; and how many of these have submitted overseas service declarations to their electoral registration officer (a) in 2004 and (b) to date in 2005.

Photo of Mr Ivor Caplin Mr Ivor Caplin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence

As at October last year, when data was last collated centrally, there were approximately 42,000 service personnel based permanently overseas or engaged on operations.

Service personnel overseas may opt to register to vote as a service voter or overseas voters. It is not possible to identify service voters separately from overseas voters. Neither it possible to identify separately service personnel registered in the UK as ordinary voters, nor whether service registered voters are based in the UK or abroad.

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