HC Deb 10 November 1919 vol 121 c41

asked the Prime Minister if he will take steps to do away with the long interval between the casting of the votes at a general or by-election and the subsequent counting and declaration?


As the hon. and gallant Member is aware, provision has been made for an interval between the poll and the counting of the votes at Parliamentary elections in order to allow time for the receipt of ballot papers from absent voters, many of whom are serving in the Fleet and in France and Flanders and with the British Army of the Rhine. The question of dispensing with this interval, when circumstances permit, is under the consideration of the Government Departments concerned.