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Voting Rights: Prisoners

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of the provision of election communications by freepost to prisoners serving custodial sentences to whom the franchise is to be extended at the next general election.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government have not made such an estimate.

The cost of extending the franchise to some prisoners will depend on the numbers enfranchised and the number of prisoners who subsequently register to vote, as well as the detailed processes that are put in place to implement prisoner voting rights. The cost of providing election communications by freepost will additionally depend on the number of candidates standing in each election.

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