Citizens Charter (White Paper)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 25th November 1992.

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Photo of Mr Harry Barnes Mr Harry Barnes , North East Derbyshire 3:30 pm, 25th November 1992

The basic, fundamental citizens' right on which all other citizens' rights depend in a democracy is the right to vote. Why is there nothing in the citizens charter about the disgraceful state of electoral registration? Why have we not been fully informed of how many people are on the register, and of how many should be on it?

If we are serious about charters, let us return to the charters of the 19th century, which were intended to extend the franchise and to ensure that everyone had a say in a developing democracy.