HC Deb 08 August 1872 vol 213 cc705-6

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he can state what course the Government propose to take next Session with respect to the Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868, which has been this Session renewed for one year; and, whether the Government, in dealing with the question next Session, will introduce a separate Bill on the subject, not putting it, as in the present Session, in a Corrupt Practices Bill, and will introduce it at such a period of the Session as will enable the House to pass a deliberate judgment on the question?


, in reply, said, that to begin at the end of the Question, he wished to say he thought the Government would be able to introduce next Session a measure with respect to Corrupt Practices at Elections in time for the House to pass judgment upon it. With regard to the other point—whether it would be in one or two Bills—that would be a matter for deliberation before the business of the Session was determined upon, and he was not able at the present time to give an answer to that part of the hon. Member's Question.