Electoral Law (MR. Speaker's Conference)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

We on this side of the House will wish to study these important proposals with care, and look forward to a debate on them in due course. May I ask the Home Secretary to explain a little more the reasons why the Government have departed from Mr. Speaker's Conference in the case of the minimum age for voting? The right hon. Gentleman said that the Conference recommended the age of 20 by majority, but it was a majority of 24 to 1, and it took into account the views of the Latey Commission, published about six months beforehand. It will be for the benefit of the House if the Home Secretary will give some indication of the reasons underlying the Government's decision.