§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to inform United Kingdom citizens abroad about the Representation of the People Act 1985.
§ Mr. Mellor
A major publicity campaign will be mounted following the approval of the Representation of the People Regulations 1986 which are now before Parliament. Advertisements will be placed in newspapers in countries where there are large numbers of Britons, in overseas editions of United Kingdom newspapers, and in other publications read by Britons living abroad. Copies of the declaration form to be used by overseas electors, and an explanatory leaflet will be available at consular offices and diplomatic missions and from electoral registration officers; copies have also been offered to the political parties. Many other publicity activities will be initiated, including an interview which will be made available to foreign radio stations. The BBC World Service also plans to give coverage.