Individual Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration - Political and Constitutional Reform Committee Contents

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[56] 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.

October 2011

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