Today the Government published its response to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s Report on Individual Electoral Registration
The Government accepts the Committee’s recommendations that there should be a full annual household canvass in 2014 and is considering the recommendation that the ability to ‘opt-out’ of registering be removed.
The Committee’s report, published in November 2011, welcomed the Government’s decision to move to a system of individual electoral registration in 2014–15, but raised a number of concerns about the Government’s implementation plan.
The Chair of the Committee, Graham Allen MP, said: “We welcome the publication of the Government’s response and will closely scrutinise it to ensure that the Committee’s concerns have been fully addressed. The move to Individual Electoral Registration is one that all parties support in principle; the Government’s response shows that pre-legislative scrutiny is vitally important to get the detail of such legislation right.”
Cabinet Office press notice regarding the Government response.