(2) if he will help electors at future elections by taking steps to require candidates to name their parties on the ballot paper where there is more than on candidate with the same surname.
Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that, as the popularity of October for general elections grows, so also does indignation in Weymouth and other seaside resorts? Can he give any indication of when a Government Bill might be introduced? If that is difficult, would he consider giving aid and comfort to any private Member who is fortunate enough to be able to introduce a Bill on the subject referred to in my Question?
I am afraid that I can go no further than the assurance I just gave. But I will certainly press on with these matters. I wish I could give the hon. Member aid and comfort, but I feel I could not promise that particular aid and comfort.
I can well understand that the coincidence of circumstances of that sort may give rise to considerable embarrassment and that, if possible, we should avoid it.
Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind the great increase in the mobility of labour and the very large number of people who, for business, holiday or for one reason or another, have to be away? Does he not agree that it is essential that this matter is put right before the next election in order not to disfranchise a large proportion of the population?
When my right hon. and learned Friend refers to the review which, I gather, he and his Department are undertaking, is he also referring to the all-party talks on electoral reform which the Prime Minister indicated last week would be initiated shortly. Or is he only referring to the latter?
When I used the word "review" I was speaking of the Departmental review which I am conducting with my advisers. That would be preliminary to the further step advocated by my hon. Friend.