HC Deb 25 June 1942 vol 380 c2144
29. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Home Secretary why the same facilities available for men serving in the Armed Forces to vote at by-elections are not afforded to women members of the Forces?

Mr. Peake

The question whether the procedure under which men in His Majesty's Forces whose names are on the Register are entitled to vote as absent voters applies to members of the women's Services who are not serving abroad or afloat is a legal question on which I have no power to make an authoritative pronouncement. The position of such persons is, however, receiving further consideration.

Dr. Summerskill

Can the hon. Gentleman say when he will make a statement on this matter?

Mr. Peake

It involves a very delicate question of law upon which I am in consultation with the Attorney-General.

Miss Cazalet

Is the hon. Member aware that there is very great feeling in the Services on this matter?

Mr. Peake

I am fully aware of that, and if any anomaly does exist, steps must, of course, be taken to rectify it immediately.

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