HC Deb 15 March 1875 vol 222 cc1801-2

asked the President of the Local Government Board, If he will take into consideration the means of rendering the nominal lists of those in receipt of public relief available for facilitating the removal, according to statute, from the Register of Electors of all persons disqualified by such relief, inasmuch as many now continue upon the register in consequence of the difficulty to ascertain, by the method at present in force, the fact of their disqualification?


, in reply, said, the nominal lists of those in receipt of public relief were, under the general order of accounts, made up half-yearly to Lady-day and Michaelmas. The qualifying year for electoral registration ended on the 31st July, so that there was no knowledge on the part of the overseers as to the number of paupers who might have gone on the list between Lady-day and that date. It might, he thought, be provided as a part of the duties of clerks of guardians, that they should furnish supplemental lists for that intervening period, upon the request of the overseers, and upon payment of a reasonable fee, such fee to be part of the expenses incidental to the preparation of the list. He was not aware of any objection to that course being taken; and if that were found upon inquiry to be the case, he would give directions accordingly.