§ Mr. George Osborne
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to change the rules on(a) postal and (b) absentee voting to take into account postal strikes. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
The Electoral Commission announced on 20 November that it was initiating a review of postal and absent voting, to report by September 2002. The Government will consider any recommendations which the Commission may make for changes in legislation.