Supplementary memorandum by the Electoral
Commission (VOT 02(b))
1. Further to the note we recently sent
to you following Sam Younger's oral evidence to the Committee,
I am writing with some further information about the likely timetable
for the public opinion research component of the Commission's
current project on non-registration.
2. As our earlier note explained, the public
opinion research includes quantitative (survey) and qualitative
(focus group) components. It is being conducted on our behalf
by MORI. Although some "topline" results are now emerging
from the survey, they are in raw format and still need a good
deal more analysis and interpretation before we can use them in
a meaningful way. We expect to see a first draft report on the
findings from MORI around the end of February; we shall need to
conduct some quality review work on it, but I hope to be able
to send it to you shortly afterwards.
3. We do not expect to receive ONS's report
on their work comparing population and registration data, and
looking at the possible extent of under-registration in Britain
in 2001, until April, I am afraid.