Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Reform (Committee's Report)

– in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Home Secretary how soon the Report of the Committee on Electoral Reform is likely to be presented to Parliament?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Allowing for the time required for printing, I hope this report will be in the hands of Members within the next fortnight or three weeks. One of the appendices will not be printed, but it will be made available to Members in the Library.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Has my right hon. Friend given any authority to political organisations or any other body to prepare schemes relating to electoral reform?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir. There is nothing to prevent political bodies acting on their own, but I have not given them any authority or made any request.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Are we to understand that any such schemes are entirely unofficial?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Have not registration officers had some instructions about getting ready for an election almost immediately after Christmas?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Not so far as I know, and I hope that I should have as early notice as anybody.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Does not my right Friend agree that every Member should have a copy of this Report?