§ Bob Russell
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will move polling day for future local elections to a Sunday. 
§ Mr. Leslie
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no plans to move polling day for future local elections to a Sunday. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Mr. Raynsford) said in a written statement to the House on 6 May 2003,Official Report, column 29WS, the Government intends to take forward further pilots of weekend voting in view of potential benefits to electors, and taking into account the costs involved.