HC Deb 14 March 1918 vol 104 c484

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that in certain London divisions under the Representation of the People Act wards have been divided between various constituencies, and although these parts of wards will be the same for Parliamentary and county council elections they will revert to their original wards or areas for borough council and guardian elections; and whether, as it is desirable to have the same polling areas for all elections in London, he can issue an Order making the polling areas made under the Representation of the People Act the same for all elections in London?


I understand the hon. Member to suggest that in London the polling districts—and, similarly, the wards —should be the same for all elections, and although the Local Government Board are not empowered to issue any general Order on the subject, the convenience of such arrangement is recognised. The Board are accordingly prepared, where an alteration of ward boundaries for borough council elections is rendered desirable by the alteration of polling areas under the Representation of the People Act, to entertain an application for an Order to alter such boundaries under Section 26 of the London Government Act, 1899. An application could be at the same time made to the London County Council for an Order altering the ward boundaries for the purpose of the election of guardians, under Section 60 of the Local Government Act,. 1894.