Oral Answers to Questions — By-Elections (Service Women Voters).

– in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

asked the Home Secretary why the same facilities available for men serving in the Armed Forces to vote at by-elections are not afforded to women members of the Forces?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

The question whether the procedure under which men in His Majesty's Forces whose names are on the Register are entitled to vote as absent voters applies to members of the women's Services who are not serving abroad or afloat is a legal question on which I have no power to make an authoritative pronouncement. The position of such persons is, however, receiving further consideration.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Can the hon. Gentleman say when he will make a statement on this matter?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

It involves a very delicate question of law upon which I am in consultation with the Attorney-General.

Miss Cazalet:

Is the hon. Member aware that there is very great feeling in the Services on this matter?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

I am fully aware of that, and if any anomaly does exist, steps must, of course, be taken to rectify it immediately.