To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will delay changes to restrictions on the handling of postal ballots until after the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has completed its inquiry into improving voter turnout.
The Electoral Commission will consult on proposed changes to the Code of Conduct for Campaigners after May 2014, with a view to implementing any agreed changes by November 2014. On the basis of our current understanding of the timetable for the PCRC's inquiry, we therefore expect that the Committee's views will influence that consultation before it closes. The Commission also looks forward to engaging with this important inquiry as invited.
If, following our consultations with interested parties, it is possible to agree changes to the Code of Conduct for Campaigners, the Commission will encourage campaigners to commit to following a revised code for elections after 2014, including the May 2015 UK parliamentary general election.