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UK ELECTORAL STATISTICS 1999

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The number of local government and European parliamentary electors on the UK electoral registers for 1999 and for c...
The number of local government and European parliamentary electors on the UK electoral registers for 1999 and for comparison, 1998:

Part I gives the numbers of people on the 1999 Electoral Register who are qualified to vote in European parliamentary elections to be held on 10 June this year and Part II covers the local government electorate. The European parliamentary electorate is similar to the local government electorate but is smaller because some European Union citizens are registered to vote in local government elections only. More information about these groups is given in the explanatory notes.

Part I: European parliamentary electoral regions Key points:

- The number of European parliamentary electors in the UK rose by 761,728 (1.7 per cent) between 1993 and 1999 to 44,481,588.

- The number of European parliamentary electors increased in England by 620,996 (1.7 per cent) to 37,033,434, Wales by 7,150 (0.3 per cent) to 2,229,826, Scotland by 83,857 (2.1 per cent) to 4,015,399 and Northern Ireland by 49,725 (4.3 per cent) to 1,202,929.

- The number of citizens of other European Union states (excluding the Republic of Ireland) who registered to vote in European parliamentary elections was 92,378. This compares with 7,755 such citizens who registered for the equivalent 1994 elections, when the right of such citizens to vote was newly introduced.

Table 1.1 shows the total electorate on the 1999 electoral register for each UK European parliamentary electoral region. Table 1.2 shows the countries and unitary authorities within each of the English electoral regions. Table 1.3 shows the UK parliamentary constituencies within each European parliamentary electoral region. The annual reference volume giving details of UK parliamentary electorate for 1999 will be published in May.

Part II: local government areas

Key points:

- The number of local government electors in the UK rose by 133,096 (0.3 per cent) between 1998 and 1999 to 44,692,299.

- There were increases in the number of local government electors in England of 99,522 (0.3 per cent) to 37,227,697, Scotland 21,174 (0.5 per cent) to 4,027,433 and Northern Ireland 14,502 (1.2 per cent) to 1,203,503.

- There was a decrease in the number of local government electors in Wales of 2101 (-0.1 per cent) to 2,233,666.

- The number of European Union citizens who registered to vote in local government elections in 1999 was 228,541.

Table 2.1 shows the number of local government electors on the 1999 UK electoral registers. The table presents electorate data by local government area (Unitary Authorities, London Boroughs, District and Borough councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). The 1999 electorate is shown together with the 1998 electorate for companson.

Further advice and requests

The Population Estimates Unit is part of the Population and Vital Statistics Division in ONS and is located in Titchfield. Requests for electoral data and population estimates should be made to:

England and Wales Population Estimates Unit

Room 2300

Office for National Statistics

Segensworth Road

Titchfield

Fareham

Hampshire

PO15 5RR

Telephone: 01329 813233/813318

E-mail: pop.inf@ons.gov.uk

Scotland Customer Services

Population Statistics Branch

General Register Office for Scotland

Ladywell House

Edinburgh

EH12 7TF

Telephone: 0131 314 2454

E-mail: customer@gro-scotland.gov.uk

The Chief Electoral Of fice for Northern

Ireland

3rd Floor

St Anne's House

15 Church Street

Belfast

BT1 1ER

Telephone: 01232 339955

The electoral statistics contained in this First Release are available on disk in May. At that time a reference volume of 1999 electoral statistics for the UK will be published.

BACKGROUND NOTES

1. The tables are derived from data supplied to ONS by electoral Registration Officers at the end of January 1999.

2. The 1999 Electoral Register came into effect on 16 February 1999 and is based on a qualifying date of 10 October 1998 (15 September in Northern Ireland).

3. Commonwealth citizens (including British citizens), European Union citizens and citizens of the Irish Republic who are resident in an area on the qualifying date and who will be aged 18 or over during its currency, are eligible to be included in an electoral register.

4. The total number of local government electors includes attainers, Services voters, voluntary patients, Peers and European Union citizens.

5. The electorate for European parliamentary elections is similar to the local government electorate, but with two main exceptions. Overseas electors can vote in UK European parliamentary elections, but are not eligible to vote in local government elections. European citizens are entitled to register to vote in both European parliamentary elections and local government elections for the area where they are resident in the UK. Alternatively, they may choose to register to vote in local government elections only, and vote in European parliamentary elections in their European country of origin.

6. Attainer is the term used to describe a person who attains the age of 18 during the currency of the register, and is entitled to vote at an election on or after his or her eighteenth birthday.

7. Services voters are members of HM Armed Forces and their spouses, plus Crown servants and British Council employees and their spouses residing abroad. They do not register in the same way as residents and may not necessarily reside in the area of registration. Armed forces' spouses have the option of registering as residents while in the UK.

8. Overseas electors are not resident in the UK but must have been resident here and included in the electoral register previously (unless they were too young to register). They are registered in the same parliamentary constituency as before they went abroad or, if they went abroad before they were old enough to register, in the constituency where their parent or guardian was registered. Overseas voters cannot vote in local government elections and are, therefore, excluded from local government figures.

9. Voluntary patients are electors who are patients in mental illness and mental handicap hospitals but who are not liable to be detained there. They may register as electors only by virtue of a declaration, which gives an address other than that of the hospital. They may vote in the parliamentary constituency or local government area in which this address is situated.

10. The residence qualification requires a person to be normally living at the address on the qualifying date, even if temporarily absent. People having more than one place of residence, such as students, may therefore be included on more than one register. In Northern Ireland, eligibility for registration requires three months residence within the province, ending on the qualifying date (15 September).

11. Details of the policy governing the release of new data, including a description of the release categories featured on the front page of ONS releases, are available from the press office.

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13. The Office for National Statistics works in partnership with others in the Government Statistical Service to provide Parliament, government and the wider community with the statistical information, analysis and advice needed to improve decision making, stimulate research and inform debate. It also administers the registration of key life events. It aims to provide an authoritative and impartial picture of society and a window on the work and performance of government, allowing the impact of government policies and actions to be assessed.

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