HL Deb 25 January 1916 vol 20 c969

Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(The Marquess of Lansdowne.)


My Lords, in Committee on this Bill I asked the noble Marquess a Question with regard to the second clause, which enacts tha the Parliamentary and Local Government Register now in force shall continue until a special Register is framed by Parliament to supplant it or until Parliament otherwise directs. I called attention to the fact that this Register is now a year and a-half old, and that it gets less accurate with every week that passes. Indeed it will be such a Register in the course of the next eight months that really it will be hardly possible with any fairness to hold a Parliamentary election upon it. I asked the noble Marquess whether he would undertake to give me an answer upon the Third Reading of this Bill as to whether His Majesty's Government would introduce and carry a Bill in the session of 1916 to provide a new Register so that it might be possible to hold a General Election during the course of the present year, and the noble Marquess promised that he would give me a reply to-day.


My Lords, I greatly regret that the conversation to which my noble friend refers had escaped my memory. I feel no doubt that legislation will be necessary, but I am not in a position to say anything definite on the subject to-day. If my noble friend will repeat the Question to me to-morrow, I will give him a precise answer.

On Question, Bill read 3a, and passed.