§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was spent by(a) central Government and (b) local councils on (i) electoral registration, (ii) advertising and (iii) the conduct of elections in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
Information about local authorities spending on electoral matters is not held centrally. Central Government have incurred expenditure on advertising— to give information about electoral matters—and on the conduct of elections. I will write to my right hon. Friend shortly giving information about the level of this expenditure in relation to elections in England and Wales for which I am responsible and place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of the House.