§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will provide advice to local authorities on the supply of copies of electoral registers following the judgment in the Robertson case; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
[holding answer 4 March 2002]: The Robertson case raises complex and difficult legal and policy issues in relation to the sale of electoral registers which we and the Electoral Commission are currently considering very carefully. It is for the Electoral 382W Commission to issue advice to local authorities in this matter and it has already posted interim advice on its website.