§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whose duty it is to prepare the Register of Parliamentary and County Electors for the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and who should sell copies of these Registers to the public?
§ MR. RITCHIE
It was the duty of the Town Clerk of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme to prepare the Register of Parliamentary Electors and the Burgess Roll, and to sell copies thereof to the public. I have made inquiry, and regret to find that there has been great delay in the issue of the Parliamentary Register, but I understand that copies will be obtainable after Wednesday next. I am informed that the Burgess Lists for the Borough were ready in October last. The law imposes a penalty on any officer for wilful acts of omission contrary to the Registration of Electors Act. But I understand the Town Clerk, by whom the documents in question should have been prepared, died in April last.