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Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Solicitor General, Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department intends to extend to other parts of the UK the system in place in Northern Ireland which uses national insurance numbers as a means of ensuring greater checks upon the validity of (a) voting in person and (b) voting by post.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

The national insurance database is primarily used, by the Elections Office for Northern Ireland, to verify the identity of a person registering to vote. It is not used to verify the identity of persons voting in person, although it is also used to verify postal vote applicants.

The Government are currently monitoring the arrangements in Northern Ireland. However, we presently have no plans to verify the identity of registrants, postal voters or persons voting in person against the national insurance database.

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