HC Deb 13 June 1898 vol 59 cc55-6
MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether, under the clause in the Local Government Bill providing that the lists of Parliamentary voters are to be made up by poor law electoral divisions instead of by Parliamentary polling districts, it will be necessary for the clerks of the peace to have the entire registry in each county re-written, with the names arranged in poor law electoral divisions, for the supplemental lists to be published in July, or whether it is the ordinary supplemental lists with the local government supplement of women occupiers and peers that will be required to be posted for the purposes of revision in July; and, if the latter course is followed, who is to check the rearranging of the names of the clerks of the peace?


Under the Registration Act of this year, to which I presume the honourable Member refers, and the rules made in pursuance of it, the whole register of Parliamentary voters must, in this and future years, be made up in separate lists for each registration unit. These registration units being poor law electoral divisions, or, in the cases mentioned in the Act and Rules, parts of poor law electoral divisions, combination will then become available for all elections, Parliamentary and others. To this list will be added the local government supplement of peers and women voters.

MR. M. HEALY (Cork)

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether he intends insisting on the Amendment, added in Committee, to clause 6 of the Solicitors (Ireland) Bill, enabling clerks in Government offices to practise as solicitors in petty sessions courts in Ireland?


I have been informed by my noble Friend the Secretary of State for War that the War Department will not press for the inclusion in the Bill of the Amendment in question.


I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, before the Report stage of the Local Government Bill, he will circulate either a reprint of the proposed Orders in Council under the Bill, or a statement of the points as to which it is proposed to amend them?


It is doubtful whether a reprint of the proposed Order in Council could be concluded before the Report stage. If not, I will consider whether it is possible to meet the second suggestion contained in the honourable Member's Question.