HC Deb 28 January 1960 vol 616 cc341-2
4. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the Representation of the People Act to allow postal voting to those on holiday during a Parliamentary election if they can show that the schedule of holidays has been arranged by the company or firm at a time outside the voters' control.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Dennis Vosper)

While there are difficulties in my hon. Friend's suggestion, my right hon. Friend will bear it in mind.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

Now that we seem to be moving into a time when industrial holidays will be spread over a very long period—perhaps from May to October—and whole towns in the West of England and the Midlands may be away during an election, may I suggest that this is the time when that course might be profitably considered?

Mr. Vosper

My right hon. Friend is examining the whole question of electoral proceedings and he will take that suggestion into account.