HC Deb 07 April 1930 vol 237 cc1769-70
47. Mr. PERRY

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the appointment of a committee of this House for the purpose of inquiring into, and reporting upon, the possibility of introducing the new electrical voting apparatus which is to be tried in the French Chamber of Deputies for the purpose of recording divisions?


I would prefer to defer the consideration of the appointment of a Committee for the purpose indicated, pending the result of certain inquiries which have been instituted into the nature of the apparatus concerned.


In making these inquiries, will the Prime Minister consider the claim that is made that only a very small expenditure would be necessary to adapt the apparatus to the circumstances obtaining in this House?


Perhaps my hon. Friend will be good enough to communicate with my right hon. Friend the First Commissioner of Works, who as a matter of fact will make the inquiries.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

[...] there not a greater need for automatic voters than for automatic apparatus?

Commander BELLAIRS

Is the Prime Minister aware that the French apparatus is dependent upon every Member having a place, which is very far from being the case in this House?