Voting Rights: EU Nationals:Written question - 8985

Q
Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 28 January 2020
Cabinet Office
Voting Rights: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend section 2(1)(c) of the Representation of the People Act 1983.
A
Corrected answer by: Chloe Smith
Corrected on: 28 February 2020
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 05 February 2020.
The correct answer should have been:

The Government has no plans to change the voting age, having been elected on a manifesto commitment to retain the voting age at 18.

The entitlement of resident Commonwealth and Irish citizens to vote reflects our close historical ties with Commonwealth countries and the reciprocal arrangements UK has with Ireland. The Government has no plans to alter these rights.

In relation to relevant citizens of the Union, I refer the Hon member to the answer which I gave to PQ 1802 on 29 January 2020.

The Scottish Parliament is responsible for the franchise for local elections in Scotland. The Welsh Assembly is responsible for the franchise for local elections in Wales.

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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 05 February 2020

The Government has no plans to change the voting age, having been elected on a manifesto commitment to retain the voting age at 18.

The entitlement of resident Commonwealth and Irish citizens to vote reflects our close historical ties with Commonwealth countries and the reciprocal arrangements UK has with Ireland. The Government has no plans to alter these rights.

In relation to relevant citizens of the Union, I refer the Hon member to the answer which I gave to PQ 1802 on 29 January 2020.

The Scottish Parliament is responsible for the franchise for local elections in Scotland. The Welsh Assembly is responsible for the franchise for local elections in Wales.

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