Electoral Commission: Advertising

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Secretary of State (Justice), Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers or publications in the last year for which figures are available; and what the topic of each was.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The Electoral Commission informs me that it spent £4,800 in 2005-06 on funding advertorials in eight regional newspapers in Northern Ireland to provide registration and voter information prior to the 2005 general election. It also spent £1,736 on sponsoring a student magazine in Northern Ireland, with the specific aim of conveying the same information to young people, an under-registered section of society.

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