HC Deb 03 March 1859 vol 152 cc1171-2

said, he would beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the data upon which is founded the Government Estimate that the extension of the right of Suffrage to £10 Occupiers will increase the number of County Voters in England and Wales by not less than 200,000?


Sir, the Government Estimate of the amount of increase of the County Voters by the Bill which the House gave me leave to introduce the other night is mainly formed on six documents which are already on the table of the House, and in the possession of hon. Members. Those six documents are—1. The Return of the Rating of Tenements, No. 59, headed "Poor Law Board, February, 1851." 2. The Return of the Rating of Tenements, No. 630, moved for by Mr. Poulett Scrope, and ordered to be printed August, 1849. 3. Return moved for by Mr. Locke King, in the second Session of 1857, No. 4, headed "Electors." 4. The Return now in the course of being issued by the Poor Law Board, headed "Population of Parishes," also moved for by Mr. Locke King, and ordered to be printed the 10th of February, 1858. 5. The Poor Law Returns ordered to be printed in February, 1852, on the Motion of Mr. Poulett Scrope; and 6. The Return headed "Ratepayers," moved for by Mr. Newdegate, and ordered to be printed on the 12th of August, 1854. These six documents were submitted to the labour of actuaries, who were assisted in obtaining local information generally throughout the country; but it is not in my power to put in form any document of the precise data on which our opinion is formed. The basis of the calculation was founded on the document I have just named.