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  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: I am intrigued that the hon. Lady thinks she knows what has happened to individual constituencies’ electoral rolls, because the final versions will not be published for another week or 10 days. Whatever the outcome of that publication, it cannot be right that we carry on with the existing political constituency boundaries, which are based on the electoral rolls from 2001 or, in some...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Ombudsman (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government is making good progress and will publish draft legislation in due course.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electorate (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: 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the Government will bring forward proposals amending the Representation of the People Act 1985 to remove the outdated 15 year time limit on overseas voting rights.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,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to state, first and foremost, the principle that all votes, no matter where in the country they are cast, should have equal weight, and that constituencies must therefore be more equal in size. Ward-splitting has for some time been part of the Boundary Commission’s work in other parts of the country, but I can confirm that it expects to be able to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The conduct of the boundary review is, rightly, a matter for the independent Boundary Commissions. The Boundary Commissions for England and for Northern Ireland plan to publish initial recommendations this autumn, and the Boundary Commissions for Scotland and for Wales plan to do so later this year.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: My hon. Friend is right: it is vital that people are aware of the consultation period. It is being advertised on the Boundary Commission website and will be advertised further to make sure that everybody can comment, but it is up to political parties from all parts of the House to make sure that their supporters and organisations are galvanised and submissions can be made.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Constituency Boundaries (15 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: I think the hon. Lady was supporting the principle that votes should have equal weight no matter where they are cast in the country, and I welcome her support if my reading is correct. I cannot confirm plans to alter the size and composition of the Lords, although I understand that discussions at that end of the corridor are going on fairly continuously.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (14 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The EU referendum will be overseen by the Chief Counting Officer, chair of the independent Electoral Commission, who is responsible for making sure the referendum is held in accordance with the legislation governing the conduct of the poll. The Electoral Commission has recently issued a statement setting out the actions that have been taken to address an issue with elections software used by...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (14 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The EU referendum will be overseen by the Chief Counting Officer, chair of the Electoral Commission, who is responsible for making sure the referendum is held in accordance with the legislation governing the conduct of the poll. The Electoral Commission has issued a statement setting out the actions that have been taken to address an issue with elections software used by a number of local...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (13 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The referendum will be overseen by the Chief Counting Officer, chair of the independent Electoral Commission, who is responsible for making sure the referendum is held in accordance with the legislation. The Electoral Commission made a statement on "non-eligible EU citizen voters" on the 2 June 2016 which can be found at http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government published on 6th April 2016 the total cost of producing, distributing and publicising the Government’s leaflet on the EU Referendum, including digital promotion and the production of eureferndum.gov.uk. Wider costs relating to the Referendum will be accounted for in the usual way in Annual Report and Accounts.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Absent Voting (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The law provides for the checking of the integrity of completed postal ballots prior to them being included in the count. Returning Officers are required to check 100% of postal vote identifiers (signatures and dates of birth) returned with completed postal votes against those supplied by the elector when they applied for a postal vote. Any that do not match will not be counted in order to...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government confirmed on 6th April 2016 that £2,894,064 had been set aside for the promotion of information relating to the EU Referendum, including the production of eureferndum.gov.uk. Costs relating to the Referendum will be accounted for in the usual way in Annual Report and Accounts.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: Copies of the Government's published documents on the Referendum are available in the Libraries of both Houses. It is not normal practice to publish letters to members of the public and stakeholders. Costs relating to the Referendum will be accounted for in the usual way in Annual Report and Accounts.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: I have set out an ambitious vision of how electoral registration could change over the course of this Parliament, building on the successful introduction of Individual Electoral Registration and online registration. The overarching aims are to ensure registers are as complete and accurate as they can be and that the system of electoral registration is as efficient as possible. We welcome the...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (8 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: Ministers wrote to universities, Further Education and sixth form colleges to encourage them to promote registration among their students ahead of the Referendum. The Government used social media to support initiatives such as Universities UK’s ‘student action week’ and shared the Electoral Commission’s publicly available materials at no additional cost to the public...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register: Redbridge (6 Jun 2016)
    John Penrose: The last study of the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register was published by the Electoral Commission in July 2014, and found that Parliamentary registers were 85.9% complete and 86.4% accurate. This was based on the last registers published under the old household system of registration in February/March 2014. The next study of this kind will be published by the Commission this...

  • Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Indemnity for Petition Officers at Recall Petitions (26 May 2016)
    John Penrose: It is normal practice, when a government department proposes to undertake a contingent liability in excess of £300,000 for which there is no specific statutory authority, for the Department concerned to present to Parliament a Minute giving particulars of the liability created and explaining the circumstances; and to refrain from incurring the liability until fourteen parliamentary...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Membership of EU: Referendums (26 May 2016)
    John Penrose: The Government published details of the cost of the producing, distributing and publicising its EU Referendum leaflet and associated website on 6th April 2016 The total cost was £9.3 million, with the breakdown of these costs as follows: • production – £458,500 • print and delivery to over 27 million homes across the UK in 2 waves – £5,947,436 •...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Ombudsman (25 May 2016)
    John Penrose: We remain committed to this reform and will publish draft legislation in due course.

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