Elections: Mailings

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the cost of following recommendations from the Electoral Commission to provide the minimum necessary information to voters by either paying for delivery of election addresses, or producing and distributing to every household an election address booklet, in each area where police commissioner elections will be held.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government estimate the cost of producing and paying for postage of election mailings from each candidate to each elector to be in the region of £25 million to £35 million. This is based on previous large-scale polls and depends on the number of candidates that stand. We estimate that the postage and printing costs of a booklet to every elector would be approximately £12 million, not including the administrative costs of compilation.

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