HC Deb 27 July 1976 vol 916 c153W
Mr. Hayhoe

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average estimated value of the free post facility per candidate at the last General Election; and what was the comparable figure at the first General Election after the introduction of the £150 deposit.

Mr. John

In October 1974 the cost of free postage for candidates' election addresses was £2,114,621, which gives an average of about £939 for each of the 2,252 candidates. The number of candidates in December 1918—when the £150 deposit was introduced—was 1,623, but information on the cost of free postage at that election is not available.