HC Deb 07 March 1912 vol 35 cc538-9

asked the Home Secretary when he proposes to publish the Return of Illiterate Voters moved for by the hon. Member for Salisbury on 15th February?


The Secretary of State is not able to grant the Return desired by the hon. Member showing the number of persons who voted as illiterates at the General Election of December, 1910, as under the provisions of the Ballot Act, 1872, all ballot papers are destroyed after twelve months from an Election. My right hon. Friend wishes me to point out that a Return giving this information in respect of the January Election in the same year was given and published as a Parliamentary Paper.