HC Deb 13 February 1911 vol 21 cc675-6

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he could state the approximate adult male population of the United Kingdom at the end of 1910; and how many of such persons were upon the Parliamentary registers at that date?

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

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The adult male population of the United Kingdom at the end of 1910 is estimated by the Registrar General to be 12,033,000, but an estimate at a date so far removed from the last enumeration is necessarily of doubtful accuracy. The revised number of names upon the Parliamentary registers in force in December, 1910, was 7,705,602; the number upon the registers which came into force on 1st January, 1911, is 7,904,524. The latter figure may require some slight correction before the Parliamentary Electors return goes to press. Both figures necessarily include plural votes or other duplicate registrations, the number of which cannot be ascertained, but is certainly very large.


May I ask whether, in view of the facts stated, the right hon. Gentleman will consider the advisability of introducing a measure to give votes to men?