To ask the Deputy Prime Minister
(1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of individual electoral registration on the number of people registered to vote;
(2) what estimate he has made of the change in the numbers of electors registered in the electoral register in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) Scotland following implementation of proposals for individual electoral registration.
The Government are funding research to understand the current state of the electoral register which will help us to better understand the way in which the move to individual registration will have an impact.
The Government will do everything they can to maintain the completeness of the electoral register. This includes phasing in the move to Individual Registration over two years so that people on the register who do not apply under the new system do not lose their vote at the 2015 General Election. Every eligible elector will be asked in 2014 to register under the new system: this will include personal invites to people on the register, inquiries to households where no one is registered or people have moved, reminder letters and face to face doorstep canvassers. There will also be a publicity campaign run by the Electoral Commission and we are testing data matching to identify people missing from the register and looking at how we can increase the choices people have over how to register, including greater use of online registration.