§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Prime Minister what the budgets are or were for the operation of the most recent registration campaigns for(a) the sale of British Telecom shares, (b) overseas voters and (c) electoral registration by United Kingdom residents.
§ The Prime Minister
Details of the costs of the BT3 share offer will be reported to Parliament in due course, following completion of the sale. These will include, and separately identify, the costs of marketing and the share information office. The sum of £672,000 was spent in the 1992–93 financial year in Great Britain on advertising to encourage people to register to vote. Advertising in support of electoral registration is not carried out in Northern Ireland. A publicity campaign to make British citizens living abroad aware of their new voting rights wasd carried out in 1990 only, at a cost of £705,000.12W