HC Deb 26 November 1952 vol 508 cc451-2
46. Miss Burton

asked the Prime Minister whether, as it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to introduce legislation giving an additional vote to those who have attended a university, he will, at the same time, consider extending this legislation to include other sections of the community, such as housewives, factory workers and farm workers.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Miss Burton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the great majority of democratic opinion in this country, quite irrespective of party, is against this proposal? Is he aware that, although some few Members opposite may not agree, that is the case, and will he inform the House that he thinks that this particular section of the community is better qualified to have two votes than farm workers, factory workers or housewives?

The Prime Minister

The historical and other arguments that make an exception in favour of the universities in the accepted rule of territorial representation are not, in the judgment of the Government, applicable to broad, amorphous sections of the community.

Mr. C. Williams

While my right hon. Friend is considering this matter, would he also consider the use of a second ballot?

Mr. Gaitskell

Are we to understand from the uncommunicative nature of the Prime Minister's reply to the original Question that he does not intend to proceed with this archaic proposal to give an additional vote to those who have been at universities?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. That is the reverse of what I said in answer to a Question a few days ago.