HC Deb 06 July 1868 vol 193 cc782-3

, in moving for leave to bring in a Bill to amend the Law of Registration in Ireland, explained that by this measure it was proposed to shorten considerably the period for revision of the electoral lists. The effect of it would be that the Courts for revising the lists would be held between the 8th of September and the 6th of October, so that, the register would be in the hands of the sheriff by the 1st of November. The general result would be that the whole of the proceedings would be concluded on or before the 1st of November, instead of the 30th, as at present, and therefore the time for the conclusion of all the proceedings would be nearly the same as under the English Bill. He wished it to be understood that this measure would not at all interfere with the old franchises; but would apply solely to those which would be created under the I Irish Reform Bill. Supplemental lists of the persons entitled to the new franchise would be placed before the Revising Barristers at the time of the revision Sessions; but the ordinary register for the old franchise would not be interfered with. There would also be a provision for increasing the number of polling-places, and another for facilitating the representation of Masters of Arts in the University of Dublin.

Bill to amend the Law of Registration in Ireland, ordered to be brought in by The EARL of MAYO and Mr. ATTORNEY GENERAL for IRELAND.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 213.]