§ Viscount Hinchingbrooke
I beg to ask leave to present a Petition on behalf of 71 British women, known as "B.A.O.R. Wives, Daughters and Sisters, aged 21 and Over." The Petition showeth that after two months' residence overseas, the Petitioners are not eligible for inclusion in the next Register of Electors, which comes into force on 13th October, 1947, and, therefore, lose their right to vote in general, borough and municipal elections at home. Wherefore, the Petitioners pray that they be granted the privilege accorded to their men-folk, and to enfranchised women in the Services overseas; that is to say, the same power to nominate a suitable person in Great Britain and Northern Ireland who will record their votes by proxy. The Petition concludes with the appropriate Prayer.
Petition to lie upon the Table.