§ 33. Mr. PETO
asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of his Amendment to the Franchise Bill under which the occupation of premises is not to be a qualification for the Parliamentary Franchise, sleeping in quarters in barracks will constitute residence within the meaning of the Bill?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. J. A. Pease)
There would seem to be no doubt that sleeping-in quarters in barracks would constitute residence within the meaning of the Franchise Bill. The Amendment dealing with occupation makes no difference in this respect.
§ 35. Mr. PETO
asked what provision the Government intend to make in the Franchise and Registration Bill to enable soldiers to register their votes in cases where they have been moved from one constituency to another within six months of a general or by-election?
§ Mr. PETO
Is it not obvious that, in the case of a whole regiment being moved from one constituency to another, they are not in the same position as any other voters moving; is it not the case that soldiers are moved for the purposes of the nation, and, therefore, are not in the same position as civilians; and is it not obvious that in the exercise of the franchise there ought to be special provision to enable soldiers to vote?
§ 36. Mr. PETO
asked the right hon. Gentleman whether it is the intention of the Government, under the Amendments he has put down to Clause 1 of the Franchise Bill, that absence abroad from a residence owned or occupied by a duly qualified voter will disqualify him from exercising the franchise on his return; and, if so, whether the effect of this will be to disqualify many of the few sailors who now have occasionally the opportunity of voting at Parliamentary elections, and also all persons whose business necessitates absence abroad for complete periods of six months, even though they continuously pay rates and taxes on a residence in this country?
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
May I say that the Prime Minister gave me a pledge, when this Bill was introduced, that we should consider the whole question of the franchise for sailors?