HC Deb 08 April 1941 vol 370 c1411
47. Mr. Cecil Wilson

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the adoption of some method similar to that provided in the Representation of the People Act for absentee voters, thus enabling those Members of the House who are absent from the House owing to the work in which they are engaged being regarded by the Government as of national importance to record their votes?

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir. This suggestion is contrary to the tradition and spirit of the House of Commons.

Mr. Wilson

What steps have been taken to prevent a repetition of what has recently happened?

Mr. Charles Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this proposal is strongly reminiscent of the card voting system, and will he oppose it as being against the democratic system of voting in the House?