HC Deb 15 February 1887 vol 310 cc1566-7
MR. THORBURN (Peebles and Selkirk)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether he is aware that many voters in the parishes of Ettrick and Yarrow, in the county of Selkirk, have to travel from 17 to 20 miles to record their votes at Parliamentary elections, in consequence of the law being that they must vote in the parish in which they reside, although there are polling stations within a few miles of their residences; and, whether, in such circumstances, which are not peculiar to the county of Selkirk, he will take steps to remedy what is a very great inconvenience to voters so situated?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities)

, in reply, said, that he was aware that in some parts of Scotland the voters had a long distance to go before they could reach the polling stations in their own parish, while they would only have to go a short distance if they were allowed to vote in the neighbouring parish. He promised to consider the subject, with a view to the introduction of a remedy.