§ MR. H. C. F. LUTTRELL (Devon, Tavistock)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board 64 whether he is aware that the chairman of a parish meeting for the election of councilors for the parish of Pyworthy, Devon, on 9th March rejected the nomination of Mr. Coombe, a farmer of Pyworthy, on the ground that in the column requiring a statement as to whether a candidate was qualified as a parochial or a residential elector the word "both" was inserted; and whether this would be a case in which the County Council might, under the Local Government Bill, 1896, interfere?
§ MR. CHAPLIN
I would suggest that, if the intervention of the County Council is desired, a full statement of the facts should be submitted to them, and I have no doubt that, if the County Council are of opinion that they are empowered to make any order in the matter, and that the circumstances are such that they can properly do so, they will take such action as the case may require. I have no authority, assuming that I were in full possession of the facts, to decide as to the powers which can be exercised by the County Council in the case.