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General Election 2010: Costs

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 27th April 2011.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the 2010 general election.

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

We have estimated that the cost of the 2010 UK parliamentary election will be £113,255,271.

This figure consists of £28,655,271 for the cost of distributing candidates' mailings and a further £84.6 million for the conduct of the poll. Our estimated cost of the conduct of the poll is based on the information set out in the Parliamentary Elections (Returning Officers' Charges) Order 2010. The overall figure will be finalised once all claims from acting returning officers in Great Britain and the chief electoral officer for Northern Ireland (who are statutorily responsible for running the poll) have been received and finalised.

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