HC Deb 28 November 2002 vol 395 c384W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the use of public funds to support campaigns for(a) referendums on regional government and (b) a particular outcome in a referendum campaign. [83847]

Mr. Raynsford

This is a matter for the Electoral Commission under the provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (sections 108–110 and schedule 12); or, if pertaining to a local authority publicity campaign relating to regional referendums, a matter for the Code on Local Authority Publicity which my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has issued under section 4 of the Local Government Act 1986.