HC Deb 31 October 1944 vol 404 c604
7. Mr. Hugh Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for War, how many days before polling day a notice was posted for the information of No. 5 Company, 4 Command Signals, A.T.S., drawing their attention to the Bilston by-election.

Sir J. Grigg

When a by-election is pending, an A.C.I. is issued to all units informing them of this and instructing them to take immediately the necessary action under A.C.I. 788 of 1943 to enable personnel who are entitled to vote to be put on the absent voters list. The unit referred to here had only recently been formed and had not yet been supplied with the volumes of A.C.Is. for 1943. The Commanding Officer did not, therefore, appreciate that the matter was urgent, but, as soon as she received the 1943 A.C.I. the necessary action was taken. I understand that only one auxiliary in this unit was entitled to vote. I regret the omission in this case but: I hope it will not recur.