HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 cc257-8W
39. Mr. Mulvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pending the withdrawal of the Residence Permits (Transitional) Order, 1942, he will immediately amend the Order so that natives of Northern Ireland holding temporary residence permits will be no longer deprived of their franchise rights in Northern Ireland

Mr. Ede

British subjects who are usually resident outside the United Kingdom do not acquire a right to vote in elections for the United Kingdom Parliament by residing temporarily in the United Kingdom, and it is this general provision of the electoral law which disqualifies persons who hold temporary permits under the Northern Ireland Residence (Restriction) Order but are normally resident outside the United Kingdom.