HC Deb 06 March 1885 vol 295 cc284-5

asked Mr. Attorney General, When the Government intend to set about the fulfilment of their promise, made last year, to initiate legislation on the subject of the expenses of candidates at Parliamentary elections; and, whether they mean to bring forward a distinct measure, or to include their proposals on this subject in any Bill now before the House?


in reply, said, he had not forgotten the promise made by the Prime Minister last Session that there should be some legislation on the subject of candidates' expenses at uncontested Parliamentary Elections. He was sorry to say, however, that a good deal of agitation was now being raised to increase the expenses of Returning Officers at elections in view of the extension of the hours of polling, and the Under Sheriffs had taken such action that he thought it necessary to listen to what they had to say before doing anything.