HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 c901W
Bob Spink

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations he has received on voting rights for expatriates; and what plans he has to change them. [173081]

Mr. Leslie

The Government has no plans to change current arrangements given that they were considered folly and relatively recently in debate during the passage of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 when the decision was made to reduce the period of voters' eligibility. Since that time my predecessor and I have received 12 letters from MPs and two Parliamentary Questions on this subject.