§ 21. Colonel Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the estimated average cost to public funds, reckoned per seat, of a contested election in a county council, rural district council or urban district council area.
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)
The expenses incurred in holding elections of county and district councillors are paid by the county or district council concerned, and I regret that I have no information as to the average cost.
§ Colonel Clarke
Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that in view of the considerable number of cases involved candidates should put up a deposit, as they have to do in the case of election for the House of Commons?