§ Mr. Robert McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electors in each constituency are registered from addresses outside the United Kingdom; and if she will list the top five countries where such electors reside, indicating the numbers involved. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
[holding answer 29 July 1997]: In accordance with regulation 34 of the Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1986, the chief electoral officer for Northern Ireland publishes each year a list of overseas electors which gives details of the elector's name, the constituency in which they are registered and their declared present address.
Overseas electors—1997 Register of electors Constituency Number of electors Belfast East 5 Belfast North 8 Belfast South 5 Belfast West 3 East Antrim 3 East Londonderry 2 Fermanagh and South Tyrone 10 Foyle 5 Lagan Valley 3 Mid-Ulster 5 Newry & Armagh 5 North Antrim 7 North Down 13 South Antrim 2 South Down 5 Strangford 7 Upper Bann 4 West Tyrone 5 Total 97
The top five in the league table of countries where registered Northern Ireland overseas electors reside accounts for 60 per cent. of the total number of overseas electors.522W
Country of residence Number of electors registered United States of America 17 Belgium 13 France 7 Republic of South Africa 5 Canada 4 Australia 4 Spain 4 Germany 4