HL Deb 04 May 2000 vol 612 cc192-3WA
Baroness Blatch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 18 April (WA 97–98), whether they will provide a breakdown of the £14,600 and £185,755 expenditure on grammar school ballots and petitions. [HL2255]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)

Payment to Electoral Reform Services is in respect of a range of activities including: advising petition organisers of procedural issues; calculating petition thresholds (including grant payments to schools who provide requested information); validating petitions; printing and mailing ballot papers; and counting votes cast in ballots.