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Speeches & Questions

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register: Young People (29 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The statutory programme of study for citizenship includes how citizens can actively participate in the UK’s system of government and took effect in September 2014. The Cabinet Office has, in partnership with youth organisations, developed learning resources, including Rock Enrol! which are available to download for free and can be used in schools to encourage young people to participate...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (29 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: Over £14 million has been invested over the last two financial years to support the cost of activities aimed at increasing the levels of voter registration, including in the run up to the General Election. The Electoral Commission (EC) published on 18 June an analysis of the electoral registers used for the elections on 7 May. It showed that the numbers of entries on these registers had...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Heraldry (25 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The Minister for the Cabinet Office has received no such representations. This issue concerns the Lord Lyon King of Arms in his judicial capacity and is therefore a devolved matter.

  • House of Lords Reform (23 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: It is a pleasure to have you looking after our debate so carefully and in such an accomplished manner, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris) on securing this important debate. The debate on this topic has gone a little quiet in the past couple of years, and it should not have. It is important that we wake it up again. My hon. Friend...

  • House of Lords Reform (23 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend makes my point for me, which is that I do not think that my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale is pretending that his proposal is a complete answer. I think that he is putting it forward as an interesting and thought-provoking contribution to a broader debate, and my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight is quite right to point out that this question about...

  • House of Lords Reform (23 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: I am sure that the Whips in the Lords and the Leader of the Lords will be happy to point my hon. Friend at particular people who might be interested, and I also suggest to him that he might want to talk to some of the Lords who sponsored the two successful private Members’ Bills that have gone through recently. They might be interested themselves, or they might know other colleagues who...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Voting Rights: Young People (23 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: Turnout is affected by a wide range of factors and cannot therefore be forecast with any degree of accuracy.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections (23 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: Holding answer received on 22 June 2015 The Government has no plans to change the current arrangements in this area.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (22 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The Cabinet Office published results in November 2014 of the nationwide data matching process referred to as ‘confirmation’ between government records and local data with electoral registers during the transition to Individual Electoral Registration. The report is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/using-data-matchi...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Police and Crime Commissioners (22 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The Cabinet Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (22 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The matching of electoral registers against Government and local authority data, referred to as ‘confirmation,’ was a one off exercise to help simplify the change to Individual Electoral Registration (IER). It resulted in 87% of existing electors being automatically transferred to the new registers under IER without needing to take any action. Data matching continues to form an...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections (22 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: Deposits are not currently required for candidates to stand in local government elections and the Government does not have any plans to introduce such a provision.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (22 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The Electoral Commission published their analysis of the electoral registers used for the elections on 7 May 2015. The full report can be found at: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file /0006/190464/IER-June-report.pdf

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. It would be lopsided indeed if we were to take a different approach for our nationals than has been done elsewhere in the EU. As I was saying, British citizens were not entitled to vote in the Dutch or French referendums. Finally, switching from the parliamentary to the local elections franchise would block British citizens living abroad from...

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the comments made by the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden). There is a degree of symmetry here and it would be bizarre indeed, as my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) pointed out, to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on an issue of such national importance when they cannot vote on their local council and on who collects...

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: I am coming to the timing in a minute, if the right hon. Gentleman will allow me. Although I do not think that this Bill is the right place to make significant changes to the franchise, the debate on the voting age is important. The Prime Minister himself has said that he thinks that it is right that it should take place, but making a change on this scale for a single specific vote will...

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 2 — Entitlement to Vote in the Referendum (18 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: I thank all Members for yet another constructive, interesting and well-informed debate. Members from all parts of the Committee have spoken in some depth about the important matter of who can take part in this referendum. Before I discuss the amendments, let me say a few words about why the general principle, which underpins the Bill, sets out the entitlement to vote. I will try to be brisk,...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: General Election 2015 (17 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: Every candidate standing in the General Election must pay a deposit of £500, which is forfeited if they fail to gain five per cent of the vote in the constituency in which they are standing. The total amount that is to be returned to the Consolidated Fund as a result of candidates losing their deposit at the 2015 General Election is £773,000. This represents 1,546 candidates that...

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 3 — Further provision about the referendum (16 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend is absolutely right-it is half our money. I have here the schedule of those who are eligible to donate to the permitted participants under the Act. It is all about UK-based organisations of one kind or another, be they third sector or private sector. Nothing anywhere would allow an organisation like the EU to get involved. The established protections have applied to...

  • European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 3 — Further provision about the referendum (16 Jun 2015)
    John Penrose: I was about to move on, but my hon. Friend wants to make one final point.

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