HC Deb 10 April 1911 vol 24 cc36-7

asked the Prime Minister whether, as the impossibility of paying the sheriff's expenses of elections is the initial bar to poor men of merit becoming representatives of the people and preserving their independence of party wire pullers, if in the present Session a choice must be made between that object and the payment of salaries to Members actually elected under the present system, he will consider the desirability, in view of the possibility of another General Election at an early date, of the payment of election expenses being in the first instance provided for?


This question raises matters of opinion, but the Government do not see any reason to change the policy already announced.