HC Deb 13 May 1943 vol 389 cc773-4
31. Mr. Granville

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can now make a statement with regard to the intentions of the Government in bringing up to date the electoral register to enable an increased number of the electors to exercise the franchise?

34. Sir Reginald Blair

asked the Home Secretary whether he has now come to a decision about electoral reform, particularly in regard to a scheme of redistribution of the large electorates?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I would refer to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State gave yesterday to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for East Birkenhead (Mr. Graham White).

Mr. Thorne

Can my right hon. Friend say whether all local authorities are now placing men and women on the register that are entitled to be placed on the register?

Mr. Morrison

No. Sir; there is no registration being done at the moment.

Mr. Granville

In view of the assurance given on this matter some weeks ago, can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any chance of the House having his statement before the Whitsuntide Recess?

Mr. Morrison

I shall be very disappointed if that does not happen.

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