HC Deb 01 December 1931 vol 260 c941

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that if a candidate duly nominated for election for a vacancy in a ward of a county borough dies before polling day, the corporation must apply to the High Court for authority to conduct a new election, and that the costs arising from this are heavy; and whether he will take steps to simplify the procedure in such a manner as to save this drain upon the local rates?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir Herbert Samuel)

Yes, Sir; there will probably be general agreement that the law needs amendment in this respect, and the point has been noted for legislation when a suitable opportunity offers.