Written evidence submitted by Rt Hon Andrew
Robathan MP, Minister for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans,
Ministry of Defence
Thank you for your letter of 15 September
regarding the data matching pilot; we remain fully committed to
this. The pilot will determine whether data held by MOD will help
local authorities improve the accuracy and completeness of the
electoral role with regard to those Service personnel who choose
to declare themselves as a Service voter. The pilot will also
identify how best improvements may be required for any further
arrangements between MOD and local authorities in future.
My officials provided Stratford-on-Avon District
Council with a data file containing the addresses of all relevant
Service family accommodation on 23 August. In return, Stratford-on-Avon
District Council provided the names and addresses of Service personnel
registered as Service Voters within its electoral boundary. However,
the format of the file we received was found to be incompatible
with our data matching arrangements and despite attempts we have
not been able to compare their records with those on Joint Personnel
Administration. However, Stratford-on-Avon District Council has
provided a further set of data in a revised format and we have
agreed this data will be processed shortly.
I hope this explains the situation.
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