HC Deb 21 March 1895 vol 31 cc1549-50

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland, whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. Robert Buchan, of Buckie, in Banffshire, who duly paid his rates, but whose name was removed from the list of voters for the municipal election be-cause the collector of burgh rates had erroneously reported that he had failed to pay his rates; whether he will cause inquiry to be made into the facts of the case, and whether any redress is now possible; and, if not, whether he will consider what amendment of the law might be made to prevent similar grievances in future?


My attention has first been called to the case by the hon. Member. I regret that Mr. Buchan's name should not have been recorded on the list of voters, and that, he lost the opportunity afforded to him by the publication of the list, of making his claim. I fear there is no available means by which his name can now be inserted in the list, and I accordingly see no sufficient reason for causing any inquiry into the matter.

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