§ 46. Captain ARTHUR HOPE
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the great changes in population since the last Redistribution Act in 1918, he proposes to introduce a Redistribution of Constituencies Bill?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Douglas Hacking)
I have been asked to reply. I am aware of the existence of some anomalies due to changes in population, but the present would not appear to be a convenient time for the introduction of a measure of redistribution.
§ Captain HOPE
Surely it would be more opportune to deal with this matter during the longer Parliamentary life of the present Parliament than in a new Parliament, when life may perhaps be more hectic?
§ Mr. HAMMERSLEY
Is the Under-Secretary also aware of the anomaly existing in respect of two-Member constituencies, and that in a unanimous report of the committee dealing with this matter they said that these two-Member constituencies should be done away with. Would he look, therefore, with favourable consideration on the introduction of a Bill dealing with the matter?
§ Mr. HACKING
I am aware of that fact, and also of the fact that there are many other anomalies with which it is difficult to deal.