HC Deb 08 June 1868 vol 192 c1223

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is not the duty of the Clerks of the Peace, on or before the 10th instant, to issue their Precepts to the Overseers of their respective districts, with general instructions for the proceedings of the Overseers in reference to Registration; and whether it is possible to stop the issue of such Precepts, or whether such Precepts will have to be hereafter cancelled by the subsequent issue of fresh Precepts containing different instructions to the various Overseers?


Sir, in answer to my hon. Friend, I can only say that there is no power to suspend the existing law, and that the overseers will have to act in conformity with the law.