To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the inclusion of 16 and 17 year olds in the franchise for the referendum on EU membership.
Answered by: Mr David Lidington.
The Government introduced the EU Referendum Bill to the House of Commons on 28 May 2015. The franchise for the referendum is based on the longstanding UK Parliamentary franchise, with the addition of Members of the House of Lords and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar. This is an issue of national significance, so it is appropriate that the UK Parliamentary franchise is used.