Referendums: Electoral Systems

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the cost of a referendum on electoral reform; and what assessment has been made of the level of public support for such a referendum.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 the Electoral Commission is responsible for the conduct of referendums.

The Government have not made a detailed estimate of the likely cost of holding a referendum. We have previously said that, as a guide, we expect the cost of running a UK-wide referendum to be similar to the cost of a general election. In 2005 the general election cost something in excess of £80 million.

There are however, a number of key differences between the running of a general election and the running of a referendum-for example, the role of the Electoral Commission and the entitlements to send communications to voters-and as such the cost of a UK-wide referendum would not be exactly the same as a general election.

The Government have not made an assessment of the level of public support for a referendum.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes3 people think so

No11 people think not

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 11 Feb 2010 1:47 pm (Report this annotation)

Does this question mean that my MP does or does not want a referrendum on electorl reform?