HL Deb 24 October 1972 vol 335 cc2131-2

[No. 7]

After Clause 23, insert the following new clause:

Electoral register as basis of juror selection

".—(1) In Schedule 4 to the Representation of the People Act 1949 (provisions which may be contained in regulations as to registration) the following paragraph shall be inserted after paragraph 2:— 2A. Provisions imposing on registration officers the duty of requiring persons to give information required for the purpose of the officer's duty under section (Electoral register as basis of juror selection) of the Criminal Justice Act 1972"; and in paragraph 12(1) of that Schedule (power to make breaches of regulations punishable on summary conviction), after the words "paragraph 2" there shall be inserted the words "or 2A".

(2) Every electoral registration officer under the said Act of 1949 shall as soon as practicable after the publication of any register of electors for his area deliver to such officer as the Lord Chancellor may designate such number of copies of the register as the Lord Chancellor's officer may require for the purpose of summoning jurors, and on each copy there shall be indicated those persons on the register whom the registration officer has ascertained to be, or to have been on a date also indicated on the copy, less than twenty-one or more than sixty-five years of age.

(3)The reference in subsection (2) of this section to a register of electors does not include a ward list within the meaning of section 4(1) of the City of London (Various Powers) Act 1957."

The Commons agreed to this Amendment, but proposed the following Amendment thereto:

[No. 8]

Line 20, leave out "twenty-one" and insert "eighteen"


My Lords, this Amendment is consequential on Amendment No. 4. I beg to move That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amend- ment to the Lords Amendment.—(Viscount Colville of Culross.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.