§ 45. Mr. Gritten
asked the Prime Minister, whether he will introduce legislation to make it possible if war broke out during the progress of a General Election for the election to be suspended and postponed and the old Parliament recalled.
§ The Prime Minister
The Government have not overlooked this matter, but they do not at present see any necessity for the introduction of legislation.
§ Mr. Gritten
Is the Prime Minister not aware that the Government has no statutory authority for taking the steps mentioned in my Question, and that as the Act of 1797 applies only to the demise of the Crown special legislation would be necessary?
§ Mr. Lawson
Could the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is the war or the general election that is troubling the hon. Member?
§ Mr. Thurtle
Will the Prime Minister consider the possibility of introducing some legislation which will enable the old Parliament to be still in being until the new Parliament is actually elected?
§ Mr. Maxton
May we take it that the Prime Minister will not do anything in this matter which will give him an unfair advantage over his political opponents?