To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2012, Official Report, column 500W, on police and crime commissioners, if she will review her Department's policy regarding free delivery of information regarding candidates for police and crime commissioner elections in light of the recent report by the Electoral Commission.
There is no such thing as a free mailing. Information about every candidate was published online and delivered free of charge to those who requested it. The Electoral Commission's proposals would entail spending taxpayers' money on supporting political candidates. It is the Government's job to balance this cost with the benefit to the public. The Government decided that the £30 million cost to send individual candidate mailings, as is the case in general elections, was not the right use of taxpayers' money.