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Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will publish all correspondence it holds on postal ballot fraud.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

The Commission informs me that it is unable to fulfil this request on the grounds of the significant costs of searching for and extracting the comprehensive volume of relevant correspondence and published materials required. Much of this correspondence also includes confidential or personal data that would have to be withheld.

The Commission's final report, Electoral Fraud in the UK—final report and recommendations, includes respondents' views on postal vote fraud. This report is available on the Commission's website here:

www.electoralcommission.org.uk/_data/assets/pdf_file/0008/164609/Electoral-fraud-review-final-report.pdf

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