HC Deb 25 July 1918 vol 108 c2003
52. Sir R. NEWMAN

asked the Prime Minister if he can state before the Recess what facilities His Majesty's Government propose to afford candidates seeking election to the House of Commons at the next General Election to place their views before those soldiers on active service abroad who are entitled to vote themselves and not by proxy; whether, when possible, arrangements will be made to allow these soldiers to receive the candidates' addresses, in order that in this respect they may have the same advantage of learning the views of those seeking their suffrage as the electors at home, and without which information in many cases their votes would be of little benefit to them; and whether, in consideration of the large number of these electors and the important bearing their votes must have at the next General Election, a Committee of this House, representative of all parties, could be appointed to consider what steps should be taken to meet a situation of considerable difficulty?


The Government is appointing an Interdepartmental Committee to inquire into the various matters raised in this question. I cannot, therefore, make any statement at present.