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Electoral Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Electoral Commission's report Accuracy and completeness of the electoral registers in Great Britain, what assessment his Department has made of the factors influencing the increase in electoral register entries with major errors from 2015 to 2019.

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

The Government will review the Electoral Commission’s report in detail and consider its conclusions.

The Government is taking action to reform the annual canvass of all residential properties in Great Britain. These reforms will significantly improve the overall efficiency of the canvass process and allow Electoral Registration Officers to focus their efforts on where change has occurred. This will play an important role in helping them maintain the accuracy and completeness of their registers.

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