Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Register

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of Forms A, issued in connection with the autumn electoral register, have been returned to the registration officers; and what steps are being taken to ensure that the registers are made as complete as possible.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. I have no doubt that electoral registration officers have taken all practicable steps, as is their duty, to obtain the information necessary to ensure that the register is as complete as possible.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether financial provision is made to assist these officers in carrying out the necessary canvass?

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Can the Home Secretary say whether the canvassers have instructions that at a house which contains a number of tenants they must not deliver all the forms on the ground floor? In one case within my knowledge the ground-floor tenant was a Communist who, having no faith in democracy, withheld forms from the people upstairs.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I think that the canvasser in that case could not have been fully instructed. I live in circumstances somewhat similar to those described by the hon. Member except with regard to the political affiliations of my neighbours, and in my case the forms were certainly delivered at each separate flat.