HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 cc484-5W
Ms Coffey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pilot schemes of innovative electoral procedures he has approved for the May local elections. [115903]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

I am making orders to enable the following pilot schemes to take place at this May's local elections:

  • Amber Valley—extension of entitlement to postal vote
  • Blackburn with Darwen—early voting
  • Blackpool—early voting
  • Bolton—all postal ballot
  • Broxbourne—electronic counting
  • 485W
  • Chester—early voting
  • Coventry—early voting
  • Doncaster—all postal ballot
  • Eastleigh—extension of entitlement to postal vote
  • Gateshead—all postal ballot
  • Gloucester—extension of entitlement to postal vote
  • Kingston upon Hull—early voting
  • Knowsley—early voting
  • Leeds—extended hours of poll
  • Manchester—early voting
  • Milton Keynes—extension of entitlement to postal vote
  • Mole Valley—extended hours of poll
  • Plymouth—early voting
  • Redditch—early voting
  • St. Helens—early voting
  • Stevenage—all postal ballot
  • Stoke-on-Trent—early voting
  • Sunderland—early voting and mobile voting
  • Swindon—all postal ballot
  • Wigan—all postal ballot
  • Windsor and Maidenhead—mobile early voting facility.

In addition, I hope to be able to make orders in relation to the following schemes very shortly:

  • Bury—electronic voting and counting
  • Norwich—all postal ballot, mobile polling facility and early voting
  • Salford—electronic voting and counting
  • Stratford—electronic voting and counting
  • Three Rivers—electronic counting
  • Watford—mobile polling facility, early voting, weekend voting and freepost facility.