HC Deb 08 May 1907 vol 174 c223

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the council of a metropolitan borough has intimated to the town clerk that he is not to expend the same amount of money in preparing the list of electors as that which he expended at the last revision, and which was approved as proper and reasonable by the revising barrister; whether, as tinder the London Government Act, 1899, the town clerk is specially charged with the powers, duties, and liabilities of the overseers with respect to the preparation of lists of voters, the borough council has any power to restrict him in the execution of this duty; and whether, as there is a statutory obligation upon the town clerk to inquire and ascertain with respect to every dwelling-house whether any person is entitled to be registered as a voter, the Board can take any steps to ensure that the proper measures are adopted to make the lists of electors as complete and accurate as possible.


I have no information as to the case referred to in the first part of the Question, but I may say generally that I am not aware that a borough council would be empowered to restrict the town clerk in the execution of the duty devolving upon him under the London Government Act in relation to the preparation of lists of voters. I have, however, no control over either the borough council or the town clerk in the matter.