Bearwood Corporate Services

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 22nd March 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

(1) if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a copy of the report of its investigation into Bearwood Corporate Services;

(2) if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a list of the officials and staff of the Conservative party who did not accept the invitation for interview with representatives of the Electoral Commission as part of its investigations into Bearwood Corporate Services;

(3) if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library a copy of the report by forensic accountants commissioned as part of the Electoral Commission's investigations into Bearwood Corporate Services.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

I will give the hon. Member a substantive reply as soon as possible.

Substantive answer from Gary Streeter to Gordon Prentice:

The Electoral Commission informs me that, consistent with its disclosure policy, it has published on its website a case summary setting out the issues considered by the Commission during the course of the investigation, the information obtained in relation to those issues, and the legal basis for the conclusions the Commission reached.

The Commission further informs me that, in the interests of effective regulation and having regard to the confidentiality and sensitivity of information provided, and the privacy and confidentiality of those involved, it is not the Commission's practice to release further information obtained during an investigation.

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