HC Deb 14 October 1946 vol 427 cc588-9
15. Professor Savory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any date has been definitely fixed for the General Election in Poland; and whether, in view of the Yalta and Potsdam agreements, he has given his approval of the new electoral law disfranchising organisations tending to upset the democratic régime of the Polish State.

Mr. Mayhew

So far as I know, no date has been fixed. The text of the electoral law is still under examination. I will have a translation of it placed in the Library of the House.

Professor Savory

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that under the clause which I have just quoted, it is perfectly possible to exclude all the opposition parties and to prevent them from voting?

Mr. Mayhew

The law is extremely long and complicated. It is under examination, and perhaps the hon. Member will excuse me if I do not comment now.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is it not time that we put an end to this continued delay in holding an election in Poland?