HL Deb 12 February 2004 vol 656 cc182-3WA
Lord Greaves

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representation they have had in the past two months in favour of holding all-postal ballots in the combined European and local elections in (a) the north-west, (b) Yorkshire and Humberside and (c) all other regions, other than the East Midlands and the north-east. [HL989]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin)

In the past two months, since the Electoral Commission published its recommendations regarding which regions should hold pilots in December, the Government have received (a) 21 letters supporting the north-west as a pilot area, (b) one supporting Yorkshire and the Humber, and (c) one supporting Scotland. These have been received by both the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Constitutional Affairs.