HC Deb 18 March 1998 vol 308 c621W
Mr. Home Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those wards proposed under the Third Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements which include electors in more than one parliamentary constituency; and if he will make a statement on the need for special arrangements to be adopted by returning officers to deal with elections at the same polling station on the same day. [34234]

Mr. McLeish

The third Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements is not yet complete. The information requested is not held centrally; however, inquiries are currently being made to see if this information can be obtained for those reports already submitted and 1 will write to my hon. Friend. Where local government and Parliamentary elections are held on the same day, returning officers will need to ensure that sufficient equipment and staff are provided for polling stations within the polling places designated by local authorities. Returning officers are entitled to recover any such costs under Section 15(4) of the Representation of the People Act 1985.