HC Deb 03 December 1987 vol 123 cc685-6W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to exempt electoral registration officers from the requirement to sell the electoral register in machine readable form to any person who pays the correct fee; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The Representation of the People Regulations 1986 require electoral registration officers, on payment of a prescribed fee, to supply electoral registration data only to those people who are entitled to free copies of the printed register, that is, those who need it in connection with elections. Electoral registration officers are not required to supply the data to any other person, though they may do so on payment of a higher prescribed fee.

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