HC Deb 10 July 1987 vol 119 cc302-3W
Mr. Pike

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence is available to him on the basis of the recent general election of the extent of non-inclusion of eligible voters on the electoral register: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

While we do know from correspondence and inquiries that some electors were unable to vote at the last general election because they were incorrectly omitted from the register we cannot provide an estimate of the number involved. We recently commissioned a survey into the effectiveness of electoral registration procedures, the report of which was published on 2 April, and we are now examining its findings and recommendations. In the meantime, we have reminded electoral registration officers of the need to review their procedures for compiling the register.