To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on electoral register: Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of registration levels for attainers in the year prior to the introduction of individual electoral registration, the years after the introduction of individual electoral registration and the most recent date for which data is available.
The number of attainers registered was as follows:
December 2000: 16,984
December 2001: 17,894
December 2002: 8,888
February 2004: 5,953
December 2012: 11,477
December 2013: 9,945.
The December 2013 figure includes all those registered during the 2013 canvass, but not through schools visits in the academic year 2013-14, which were delayed due to canvass activity.
There was significant concern about the level of electoral fraud in Northern Ireland prior to the introduction of individual registration. Registration statistics relating to the period immediately prior to the introduction of individual registration in Northern Ireland may therefore be less reliable than those in subsequent years.