Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 180-183)

16 MARCH 2004


  Q180 Mr Clelland: You paint a very confused picture there but what was situation for the preponderance of returns? Was confusion the norm?

  Mr Price: There were dozens and dozens of differently formulated papers that came back. There was no consistent pattern. It would seem to those of us who were there that that particular design needed looking at whatever happened because it just did cause confusion.

  Q181 Mr Clelland: Who should pay the extra costs which are implied? The taxpayer or government?

  Mr Ritchie: We do not have a view.

  Mr Price: I think that is a matter for the politicians.

  Q182 Chairman: On that note, may I thank you very much for your evidence.

  Mr Price: Mr Chairman, may I make one quick point: I hope the Committee is going to look at the logistics of securing delivery of all-postal ballot papers.

  Q183 Chairman: That is a set of questions that we have for the end of this sessions when talking to the Post Office and others.

  Mr Price: Thank you.

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