HC Deb 25 July 1912 vol 41 c1378W

asked the President of the Local Government Board if he can state approximately what will be the total number of voters on the register in the United Kingdom if the Franchise and Registration Bill becomes law in its present form; by how much that total would be reduced if the age for the vote were raised to twenty-five; and by how much the total of voters would be increased if the vote were extended to women, under the conditions prescribed by the Bill, at the age of twenty-one and at the age of twenty-five, respectively?


I am afraid that for the reasons given by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education, in his reply of the 1st instant to my hon. Friend, the Member for Lincoln, no trustworthy estimate of the total number of voters can be made. I may, however, state that the numbers of male persons in the United Kingdom over the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five are estimated at 12,087,105 and 10,453,112 respectively, and the numbers of females at 13,369,465 and 11,590,573.