Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th June 2016.

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Photo of Peter Grant Peter Grant Scottish National Party, Glenrothes

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to amend provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 relating to the franchise.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Government Whip, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

As set out in our manifesto for this parliament, the Government will bring forward proposals amending the Representation of the People Act 1985 to remove the outdated 15 year time limit on overseas voting rights. Subject to the necessary Parliamentary approval, we intend to have this fully in place for the next European Parliamentary elections and UK Parliamentary elections in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

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