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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish the draft Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

While the current annual canvass is effective overall in meeting its objectives, it is widely

recognised to be outdated, cumbersome and expensive.

Following consultation with stakeholders, the Government intends to use its powers under section 7 of the Electoral

Registration and Administration Act 2013 to amend the legislation governing the annual

canvass to make it more streamlined and less prescriptive for Electoral Registration

Officers. The draft Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment)

Regulations 2019 will be laid before Parliament as soon as parliamentary time allows.

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