§ MR. MARKS (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General whether, under the provisions of Section 2, Sub-sections 3 and 4 of the London Government Bill, women will be qualified to hold the office of councillor, alderman, and mayor?
SIR R. WEBSTER
The position of women is not directly dealt with by the Bill. It is possible that the modification of the existing vestries by the creation of mayors and aldermen may make them ineligible for these offices. They are eligible as councillors, but the question can hardly be discussed at the present stage of the Bill.
§ MR. MARKS
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether it is the intention of the Government that the aldermen of the metropolitan boroughs, proposed to be constituted by the London Government Bill, shall be one-sixth or one-third of the total number of councillors?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
In answer to my honourable Friend, I have to say that the number of aldermen in the new councils will be one-third, as it is in the boroughs throughout the country.