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Electoral Register

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will consider extending the powers of Scottish and Welsh chief electoral officers to enable then to conduct registration initiatives similar to those undertaken in Northern Ireland.

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

Scotland and Wales do not have chief electoral officers. However, pursuant to the answer I gave on 11 October 2011, Hansard, column 342W, the Government are considering a number of ways to increase voter registration rates in the context of the move from household to individual electoral registration. This includes conducting research with groups who have traditionally been under-registered to explore ways in which they may be encouraged to register.

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