HC Deb 04 June 1934 vol 290 c573

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in some registration districts university students residing in a hall of residence during the term are refused registration as voters on the ground that the university hall is not their home, and are similarly refused registration in their home towns on the ground that they are residing elsewhere; whether he will state in which district students should be registered; and whether he will issue instructions to registration officers accordingly?


My attention has not been called to such cases. Legal questions are involved, which cannot be authoritatively decided except by the Courts: but so far as I am aware the view on which registration officers generally act is that for the purpose of the parliamentary franchise university students should be regarded as resident at their homes. If the hon. Member will give me details of particular cases, I will consider whether there is any action I can usefully take?