UK Membership of EU: Referendums

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd May 2016.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are not registered to vote in the EU referendum; and what steps his Department is taking to improve accessibility to register for that vote for armed forces personnel.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The number of Service personnel who are registered to vote was published in the 2016 Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS), Table B22.1-3:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/armed-forces-continuous-attitude-survey-2016

The Department takes a number of steps each year, with assistance from the Electoral Commission, to inform Service personnel of the arrangements for electoral registration. The annual information campaign encouraging Service personnel and their families to register to vote was launched on 1 February 2016, in conjunction with the National Voter Registration Drive. We have issued an updated, separate instruction for the EU Referendum and are conducting further internal communications to once again encourage Service personnel to register to vote.

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