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Elections: Electoral Register

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens currently resident in each of the other member states of the European Union are currently included on the United Kingdom electoral register.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, Director General for ONS, to Lord Oakeshott, dated January 2014

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking Her Majesty’s Government, how many United Kingdom citizens currently resident in each of the other member states of the European Union are currently included on the United Kingdom electoral register. (HL4592).

ONS does not hold the information requested. Overseas electors include UK citizens currently resident overseas, including other member states of the European Union. ONS collates and publishes data on the number of electors (including overseas) registered to vote in UK general elections. However, no information is collected on the current country of residence of overseas electors.

UK electoral statistics for 1 December 2012 were published on 28 February 2013 and are available on the ONS website at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pop-estimate/electoral-statistics-for-uk/2012/stb---2012-electoral-statistics.html

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