HC Deb 07 March 1957 vol 566 c519
36. Mr. Hurd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the desirability of raising the candidates' deposit at Parliamentary elections from £150 to a figure more in keeping with present-day values.

Mr. Simon

I would refer to the Answer given by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport, North (Sir N. Hulbert) on 21st February.

Mr. Hurd

When this matter is further considered in the course of the next two or three years before a General Election, will my hon. and learned Friend note that in order to preserve the deterrent effect of the £150 deposit fixed in 1918 the figure should now be about £450?

Mr. Simon

The matter was considered by the Speaker's Conference in 1944, and fresh legislation could not be introduced without a new Speaker's Conference on the subject.