HC Deb 06 April 1911 vol 23 cc2418-9

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the advisability of having a Return submitted showing the number of plural voters in each Constituency in England and Wales?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Churchill)

The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question. I have considered this proposal before, but I am advised that it would be impossible to give such a return. The Register for any Constituency does not show which of the electors has a vote in another Constituency. It would be an impossible task to compare each name in each register with each name in every other register; and it would be equally impossible to make special inquiry with regard to each of the 7,000,000 names on the Registers.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if there is not in consequence a great deal of exaggeration made about the plural voters in the country?


May I ask whether it would not be a comparatively easy task to give these particulars in regard to each constituency?


I am told it is not at all easy to give the information, but I think there is no doubt about the conclusions which could be drawn from the information, however obtained.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will make a beginning by giving us the figures for the Universities and the City of London?