Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford today published draft regulations that will allow two versions of the electoral roll to be published. These changes balance the individual elector’s right to privacy and the needs of others to carry out their functions.
Under the regulations councils will from December 2002 have two electoral registers - a full register which will be used for electoral, crime prevention, and other limited purposes such as checking people's applications for credit, and an edited register which can be sold to anyone. Electors can choose whether they want their names and addresses to appear on the edited register.
The full text of the regulations and policy paper can be found at: http://www.elections.dtlr.gov.uk/consult/register/index.htm