HC Deb 14 October 1941 vol 374 cc1337-8
The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

I beg to move, in page 2, line 31, to leave out from "Act" to the end of line 37.

This Schedule contains a number of new Sub-sections which it is intended to add to the Local Elections and Register of Electors (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939, in regard to qualifications in the City of London for voters and for candidates. Certain words at the end of the proposed new Sub-section (3) which appear in the Schedule have been found, by further research, to be unnecessary. The words are: section six of the said Act… shall have effect, in the case of any such election taking place as aforesaid, as if the words that I am an occupier of premises in the ward of … and ' were omitted. The Act referred to is the City of London Municipal Elections (Amendment) Act, 1867. Section 6 of the City of London Municipal Elections (Amendment) Act, 1867, was in fact repealed by the City of London Ballot Act, 1887, and it was only after this Bill had been drafted that that repeal was discovered. The reason for that is that there is no index of local Acts of Parliament, and in a matter of this sort the Parliamentary draftsmen have to rely upon the advice of local government officials. I am glad to say that the mistake was discovered before the Bill had finally passed this House.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported, with an Amendment; as amended, considered; read the Third time, and passed.