There are estimated to be more than 5 million British nationals living abroad, with about 3 million of these being entitled to be on the electoral register in the UK. At the end of 2011, fewer than 30,000 were registered. The extent of non-registration came up in debate in the last session of Parliament and last year a small cross-party group of parliamentarians came together to examine what could be done to encourage more expatriates to register. I chaired the group and the membership included another contributor to Lords of the Blog, Lord Tyler. We held regular meetings, took oral and written evidence from a range of witnesses, including ministers and British expatriates. Our labours resulted in a report, Making Votes Count: enhancing engagement in the electoral process by British expatriates, which we published last Wednesday. You can find a copy here. We plan to pursue the issue in the next session, pressing Government to act on our recommendations.