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Baroness Hanham: My Lords, is that going to be the same with the ballot paper?

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting: My Lords, no, it is not.

I move to a number of issues raised by the noble Lord, Lord Rennard. First, many of his points were of great interest, but they were directed, as he said, to the Greater London Returning Officer. We will make sure that he quickly has a copy of Hansard to read, because he may wish to consider these points.

The noble Lord made an important point about postal delivery. We absolutely agree with him about the importance of entirely reliable, brilliant delivery systems. I assure him that we would not go to anyone who could not guarantee a service as reliable and effective as the Post Office.

He also raised the question of Braille and large print. It will be for candidates to choose the content of their addresses and how that may be rendered in Braille and large print, if they wish. The GLRO does not determine content but facilitates its reproduction and distribution. The noble Lord did not ask what happens if the candidate wants to write in a language other than English, as he may in one or two boroughs. Again, that is entirely up to the candidate, who may have English and another language.

He made a point about references to other candidates. There is an argument on his side and one on the other side. Perhaps the candidate should determine himself or herself to the public by what he or she stands for, rather than by saying that he or she does not like what another candidate stands for. That is how it will be.

The noble Lord raised a number of interesting points that we shall draw to the attention of the GLRO. I commend the order to the House.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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