Early day motion 1670

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MARKET POSITION OF ELECTORAL REFORM SERVICES

That this House notes that Electoral Reform Services (ERS) is a business of the Electoral Reform Society Limited (ERSL); expresses concern at that company's undue dominance of the market for electoral management and balloting services; acknowledges the misgivings of other worthy and innovative firms who find themselves unfairly undercut and unduly squeezed by ERSL; is worried that a senior executive could boast that, as a cash-rich business with no shareholders, ERSL are free to price undercut any competition and so maintain and enhance market dominance; deplores the ability of ERSL to use their ownership of Xpress to constrain competitive procurement choice by local authorities, in respect of election management service contracts, by refusing to allow relevant electoral register data to be made available to competitors who might win such contracts; regrets that the Electoral Reform Society's creditable concerns to ensure fairness in elections are not reflected in any credible regard by ERSL for fair competition in their business practices; calls on the Electoral Reform Society to decisively repudiate ERSL's abuse of its philanthropic credentials in pursuit of their commercial predations; notes the potential market implications of plans for individual registration and additional public balloting on local referenda, police commissioners and other elections; and calls on all relevant Ministers and other public offices to consider fullyand investigate the issues at stake, including competitive public procurement, fair trading, market plurality and diversity and the public integrity of the electoral register and related identifier data.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 09.06.2011
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 31.03.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 29.03.2011
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 31.03.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 04.04.2011
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 04.04.2011
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 30.03.2011