Electoral Registers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke , Plymouth, Devonport

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the advisability of preparing the lists and registers of elections annually, in view of the heavy cost of preparing the same?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I have been asked to reply to this question. I am sending the hon. Member copies of previous replies to questions on this subject, from which it will be seen that the matter is already under consideration.

Photo of Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke , Plymouth, Devonport

I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for sending the reply. Can he say when the consideration will become a conclusion?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I am afraid I cannot do that.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

Has not the matter been under consideration for 16 months?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

Yes, but we have not been able to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Photo of Mr Dennis Herbert Mr Dennis Herbert , Watford

Will the House be allowed to decide the question by a free vote in the event of an Amendment to the effect suggested being put down to the Representation of the People Bill?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The House can always decide as it wishes without reference to the Government.