asked the Minister of Health what is the estimated cost to the national and local authorities of making two electoral registers per annum; whether one was considered necessary before the War; and what would be the saving if the pre-War plan was adopted?
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The total cost per annum to national and local authorities of the two six-monthly electoral registers for Great Britain is approximately £1,000,000. A single annual register was in force prior to the Representation of the People Act, 1918, when the change was made in pursuance of the recommendations of the Speaker's Conference on electoral reform. It is estimated that the yearly saving that would result from having only an annual register would probably not exceed £250,000 in all.
I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that it has not been under consideration for anything like that time. It has been under mine for only a very short time.