HC Deb 23 January 1913 vol 47 c610
51. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that if any of the Women's Amendments to the Franchise and Registration Bill are carried, the electorate will be largely in creased, and candidates for Parliament will be involved in large increases in expenditure for returning officers' expenses, and that the value of the salary paid to Members will be diminished by restricting the choice of such candidates, he is pre pared to make any statement or give any pledge, before the House discusses the Franchise and Registration Bill, that before the next General Election the expenses of the returning officer shall not be borne by the candidates for Parliament?


The Government cannot now indicate when they may be able to deal with this and other matters connected with electoral reform and the Corrupt Practices Acts, which, in their opinion, need review.