91. Mr. Driberģ
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that parish council elections shall in future be conducted more democratically than hitherto, in particular by abolishing the method of voting by show of hands and by securing adequate public advertisement of such elections.
§ 92. Mr. S. Shephard
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the dissatisfaction with the present methods of parish council elections and if he will like steps to make the secret ballot compulsory in such elections.
§ Mr. Ede:
As regards the method of election of parish councillors, I would refer my hon. Friends to the reply which I gave on the 8th November last to a similar Question by the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom). As regards publicity, 85W I have no reason to think that the statutory provisions as to the publication of the notice relating to these elections are insufficient.