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Speeches & Questions

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: House of Lords: Reform (22 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: The Government will continue to ensure that the House of Lords functions effectively, and will consider how to address issues such as the number of peers in the House.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: House of Lords: Reform (21 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: The Government believes that there is still a strong case for introducing an elected element into the House of Lords, but this is not a priority at present given the other significant constitutional reforms we have promised.

  • Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (21 Jul 2015)
    Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs: EU Referendum Bill: PART ONE: Purdah and Impartiality. 9:30 am; The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
    Witnesses: Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office John Penrose MP, Minister for Constitutional Reform, Cabinet Office

  • Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Individual Electoral Registration (16 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: I am today laying before Parliament the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015, which will end the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER) in December 2015. The Electoral Commission has recommended that the transition to IER should end in December 2016. The Government is concerned that by retaining “carry forward”...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Lobbying: Registration (13 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: Details of implementation costs for 2014/15, running costs for 2015/16 and the total income intended to be recovered from registrants in 2015/16 are outlined in the business plan published by the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/413521/ORCL_Business_Plan_2015-16.pdf

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register: Young People (9 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and online registration were introduced in Great Britain last year, replacing the outdated system of household registration. Online registration has proved popular: over three quarters of the 9.6 million applications to register to vote made since June 2014 have been submitted online. Since June 2014, over 2.2 million applications have been received...

  • Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (8 Jul 2015)
    Constitution: Oral Evidence Session. 10:15 am; Room 1, Palace of Westminster
    Witnesses: (at 10:30am) Evidence will be heard from Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and John Penrose MP, Minister for Constitutional Reform, Cabinet Office; and at approximately 11:15 am from Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President, and Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President, The Supreme Court.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Police and Crime Commissioners (6 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: Holding answer received on 22 June 2015 The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires Police and Crime Commissioner elections to use the Supplementary Vote System. As with all electoral processes, this will be kept under review.

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register: National Insurance (3 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: Under Individual Electoral Registration (IER) applicants provide two personal identifiers including a national insurance number which are checked against Government records to help verify the person is who they say they are. As part of the transition to IER in 2014, 87% of the existing electorate was automatically re-registered under the new system after being data matched against Government...

  • Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Constituencies (3 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: The UK Boundary Commissions, which are independent of Government, are due to commence their next boundary review next year. They must submit their final reports to the Government by 1 October 2018.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: A number of interesting initiatives are under way to persuade and allow students to vote. Some interesting examples are going on in Sheffield. So there are a range of possibilities, many of which are very promising. We want to ensure that we have analysed them all properly, so that we can choose the best and most cost-effective.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: EU citizens resident in London are eligible to register and vote in local government elections and elections for the GLA and Mayor. I am sure that both I and the hon. Gentleman would encourage them to do just that. So far I have made no assessment of the effect on voter engagement, but if the hon. Gentleman has thoughts or insights he would like to share, I am very happy to hear them now.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: The vote for staying in or leaving the EU will be based on the parliamentary constituency franchise, which is based on people who are eligible to vote for this place. British nationals living in EU countries elsewhere in the EU are not allowed to vote in equivalent referendums elsewhere-for example, in the Dutch referendum in 2005.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: As we have heard, the Electoral Commission recently published an analysis, and I am pleased to tell the hon. Gentleman that it shows that parliamentary registers have over 400,000 more entries than a year ago. The last full assessment of the completeness and accuracy of electoral registers was published in July, and it showed that the decline in registration between 2000 and 2010 had...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Franchise for London Elections (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: Anecdotally, quite a lot of people are commenting on the fact that many of the French who choose to come to live in London do so because they prefer it here; they think that it is a more advantageous business environment and a better place to live and work. Therefore, perhaps they have imbibed and imbued themselves with some of the local colour and flexibility, rather than with the attitudes...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: One of the benefits of individual electoral registration is that it has a built-in check for validity, which dramatically improves the quality of registers as a result. As more and more of the roll is completed using individual electoral registration, we expect it to have a beneficial effect in weeding out people who are incorrectly registered in the way that my hon. Friend describes.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Jul 2015)
    John Penrose: As we heard earlier, almost £10 million has been spent on registration activities and drives since the start of this year, and we have made it a great deal more convenient and easier to register through individual electoral registration. We are looking at the report and recommendations produced by the Electoral Commission. In due course, when we respond to them, I am sure that we will...

  • 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.

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