HC Deb 09 May 1918 vol 105 c2326

asked the-Secretary for Scotland if he will say what arrangements he has made for ensuring that women who are eligible as voters in Midlothian shall have their names put on the register; and whether he has satisfied himself that in all other constituencies Form A contains spaces for the names of women?


I am informed that the register is being compiled in Midlothian from information obtained through forms, issued to householders and occupiers, supplemented by a house-to-house inquiry. The forms originally sent out by the registration officer referred to men only, but information is now being obtained in the prescribed form which should ensure that women duly qualified are placed upon the electors' lists. As regards the last part of the question, the form which I pre scribed contains full provision for the return of the names of women electors. The use of this particular form is not compulsory, but I have no reason to suppose that the forms in use in Scotland generally are defective in this respect.