HC Deb 25 February 1862 vol 165 cc720-1

said, he rose to ask for leave to bring in a Bill to provide for an alphabetical index to the register of voters in counties and boroughs in England and Wales. The object he had in view was neither a part nor a political one; it was simply to remove the confusion in which the register at present stood. Ever one who had looked into the register of any large constituency would find that, though the names were alphabetically arranged according to the parishes, it was difficult to find readily the name that was sought. It was now the fashion that to every book published there should be an index, and all that he asked was to append to ever register, in small type, and in an inexpensive form, the name of each voter alphabetically arranged, and his number on the register. The plan would be very simple, very inexpensive, and very effective. As he believed the proposal would be generally approved of, he should say no more in its favour.

Leave given.

Bill to provide for an Alphabetical Index to the Register of Voters in Counties and Boroughs in England and Wales, ordered to be brought in by Mr. LOCKE King and Mr. KER SEYMER.

Bill presented, and read 1o; to be read 2o on Tuesday next, and to be printed.