HC Deb 01 February 1951 vol 483 cc1056-7
29. Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Health on what grounds he has decided to extend the franchise to certified lunatics.

Mr. Marquand

The franchise has not been extended. The law is, and has been for many years, that, apart from idiots, a person suffering from any form of mental disability, if on the electoral register, is entitled to vote if he presents himself at the appropriate polling station and satisfies the presiding officer as to his capacity to do so.

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