HC Deb 25 July 1944 vol 402 cc568-9
19. Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for War to what proportion of the Forces serving under his Department the forms for registration as voters have been distributed; and if he is yet in a position to announce what proportion of the recipients have actually registered.

Sir J. Grigg

As regards the first part of the hon. and learned Member's Question, I would refer him to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger) on 13th June. As regards units which are at home or which were at home recently, I gave figures in answer to the hon. Member for Oxford (Mr. Hogg) on 20th June which indicated what proportion had completed the forms. A number of fresh units have been visited since then, and the results of these visits confirm what I said in that answer. I have not yet received the reports I have asked for about the progress of the scheme in Commands overseas. As the hon. and learned Member is no doubt aware, the Service Ministers and the Home Secretary received a deputation of hon. Members on 6th July. A number of the suggestions then made are being pursued.

Mr. Pritt

Would the right hon. Gentleman answer the last part of my Question—"what proportion of the recipients have actually registered"?

Sir J. Grigg

As I have said I gave my hon. and learned Friend the figures regarding a certain proportion of units, and I said that I have not had reports from other parts of the Army, and that the natural conclusion to be drawn is that, as regards the Army as a whole, I cannot give him the answer.

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