HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc472-3W
Mr. Hawkins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the speed of the home buying process of his proposal to restrict the commercial use of the electoral register. [97989]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

My right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary, is currently considering the recommendation, by the Working Party on Electoral Procedures, that electors should have the option of deciding whether the details that they provide for electoral purposes should be made commercially available. He will take into account representations from organisations that offer credit for house purchase when doing so.