§ Miss Geraldine Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new form for proxy and postal votes will be published. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 do not prescribe a form to be used to apply for an absent vote, but regulation 51 sets out the information required in an application. We shall be circulating to Electoral Registration Officers in mid-February a suggested formulation of an application form for postal votes. The requirements for a proxy vote have not changed and so no new form is necessary.