Neil Parish MP asked the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, about the progress of introducing individual electoral registration.
Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): What progress has been made on introducing individual electoral registration in the last six months.
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): The transition to individual electoral registration in England and Wales started on 10 June, and it will begin in Scotland on 19 September. Online electoral registration is now available in England and Wales, and electoral registration officers have begun writing to electors to tell them whether they need to provide any more information to register under the new system. To support the work of EROs and to help to raise awareness of the transition, the Electoral Commission launched a mass media advertising campaign in early July, which will run until 10 August.
Neil Parish: I very much welcome my hon. Friend’s answer. Is not the key to registration to be able to do it as close as possible to elections, but to make sure that it is absolutely secure, so that we know that people who want to vote are genuine voters?
Mr Streeter: As usual, my hon. Friend is quite right. Anyone seeking to register online must provide not only their name and address, of course, but their national insurance number. I hope that that will help young people in particular to register, as long as they can ask their parents for their national insurance number.
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 17 July 2014, c1007)