§ Captain A. SMITH
asked the President of the Local Government Board what action it is proposed to take with regard to the resumption of the November elections of the town councils; whether consideration will be given to the importance of arranging for a simultaneous election next November of the whole of the councillors in each case; and whether the desirability will be borne in mind of introducing the principle of proportional representation for the existing constituencies which have to elect three, six, or nine members each?
§ Major ASTOR
The elections of town councillors will take place in the usual course in November next. My right hon. Friend cannot at present promise legislation to provide for the simultaneous retirement and elections of the whole of the councillors and for the adoption of the system of proportional representation.