HL Deb 21 March 2000 vol 611 cc21-2WA
Baroness Howells of St Davids

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What pilot schemes of innovative electoral procedures they have approved for the May local elections.[HL1640]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton)

My honourable friend the Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office, Mr O' Brien, is 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
Broxbournc Electronic counting
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, he hopes 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.