§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what ways organisations offering balloting services are regulated; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is responsible only for legislation affecting the conduct of elections for Westminster parliamentary, European parliamentary and local elections. He has no remit to legislate the way that balloting is conducted by outside organisations, such as trade unions and political parties. This is a matter for them to agree within their own organisation and subject to any existing legislation.