§ MR. HUDSON (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister if, by Letters Patent under Seal of the United Kingdom just issued, the Constitution granted to the Orange River Colony is based on an electorate of adult white population with a six months registered qualification; and, if so, whether His Majesty's Government, at an early date, contemplate taking steps to extend the franchise in this country to the adult population, with a complete system of registration on a three months qualification.
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
The hon. Gentleman asks me whether we are prepared to introduce certain far-reaching reforms in the franchise and registration laws at an early date. I am afraid there are not many early dates available, and that I cannot hold out any immediate hope of our being able to follow the excellent example of the Orange River Colony.