8. Mr. J. Enoch Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use he intends to make of the power to extend by statutory instrument the prescribed identification documents in the Elections (Northern Ireland) Act 1985.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Nicholas Scott)
My right hon. Friend is currently reviewing the list of specified 1006 documents in the light of experience at the district council elections on 15 May. The Government will in due course consider bringing forward legislative proposals to apply the specified document requirement to other categories of elections held in Northern Ireland.
Making use of the blessed interval between elections to which we are now looking forward in Northern Ireland, will the Government be careful to consult all those with practical experience derived from the local government elections a month ago?
§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
Is my hon. Friend certain and satisfied that those wishing to take part in the recent elections in Northern Ireland were able to do so and were not denied the opportunity because they had the wrong documents available on the prescribed list?
§ Mr. McCusker
Can the Minister assure us that the Central Services Agency is doing everything in its power to issue a post-1973 medical card to everyone in Northern Ireland?
§ Rev. Ian Paisley
Will the Minister keep in mind the proposal put in this House—[Interruption.]—when the matter was debated by—[Interruption.]
§ Rev. Ian Paisley
Will the Minister keep in mind the proposal put to this House by the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) that those who wished to have their names on the electoral list would have to sign the forms themselves and put their date of birth, which would be duplicated so that the presiding officer could properly check that all those voting were on the list?