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Electoral Register

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to engage with hon. Members to increase electoral registration in their constituencies.

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

The Government are committed to doing all they can to improve registration rates in the context of the implementation of individual electoral registration (IER) in Great Britain. We would welcome any input from hon. Members to determine what more can be done to tackle under-registration. We are about to commence pilot schemes in some 22 electoral registration areas to test the effectiveness of data matching in improving the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register. I recently wrote to those hon. Members whose constituencies draw on registers held by those areas to explain in detail what we are doing and why, and to encourage their support, in Parliament and locally, for the pilot scheme that will be running in their constituency.

As we implement IER, we will, of course, work with MPs to ensure they are in a position to encourage electoral registration in their constituencies.

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