HC Deb 13 February 1964 vol 689 cc99-100W
57. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why, in view of the present difficulties being caused to the many thousands of electors who normally take their summer holidays during the period from June until September, he will not agree to introduce legislation to exclude those months from the period in which a general election may be held.

Mr. Woodhouse

Circumstances could arise in which it would be in the public interest to hold an election during this period.

58. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, in the last few months of a Government's term of office, the political and economic uncertainties connected with the possible date of a General Election do much to harm the economy of the country; and whether he will introduce legislation to ensure that, subject to the maintenance of the present practice concerning the passing of a censure Motion on the Government, the date for the holding of a General Election is prescribed by Statute, such as is now the practice for elections to the Greater London Council and county and borough councils.

Mr. Woodhouse

Even if my right hon. Friend accepted the hon. Member's premise, he does not think that the proposal is either acceptable or practicable.