HC Deb 19 March 1860 vol 157 c834

said, he wished to put the Question, of which he had given notice, to the noble Lord the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, if Tenants who pay £6 rent and upwards in any city or borough, but whose Landlords compound for the Poor Rates, will be entitled to vote under the New Reform Bill; and will Tenants who pay the like rent of £6 and upwards by quarterly or monthly payments, who hold from year to year, be also entitled to vote; and, if not, how can these parties become so entitled?


Sir, I beg leave to state to the hon. Gentleman that tenants who pay £6 rent and upwards will be exactly in the same situation as those who now pay £10 under the Reform Act. With respect to those paying £10 rent, if their names do not appear on the rate, they are not entitled to vote, but have the privilege of asking to be put on the rate, and on becoming liable to the rate, continuing to pay the same rent, they become entitled to vote. The second question I cannot answer precisely. I think it is rather a question for the revising barrister.