General Election (Polling Date)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st May 1945.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne 12:00 am, 31st May 1945

I appreciate that nobody desires to make this matter more complicated than it is, and that if the returning officer had a fettered discretion instead of an unfettered discretion that would only make it more, complicated. What I am suggesting is that in areas such as I have referred to the returning officer's discretion should be sufficiently unlimited to enable him to postpone the polling date only in that part of the constituency where it was necessary and not in the constituency as a whole—that is in constituencies which comprise several local authorities?