Local Government: Elections

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with reference to the correspondence of April 2018 between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the Electoral Commission scrutinised the Equality Impact Assessments carried out by the five local authorities participating in the voter ID pilots; and at what point that scrutiny took place.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

The Electoral Commission offered, during the set-up of the pilots, to comment on the Equality Impact Assessment produced by each pilot area.

The Commission received the documents as they became available from October 2017 onwards and provided comments either directly to the pilot authority or via the Cabinet Office.

The Commission’s evaluation will consider if any of the pilot provisions had a disproportionate impact on particular groups in these areas.

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