§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has received from the Electoral Advice Conference regarding postal votes for persons on holiday; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sharples
The Electoral Advisory Conference has drawn attention to the implications of extending absent voting facilities to those on holiday, including the increased risks of abuse, the need to lengthen the timetable for elections and the increased cost. My right hon. Frend is considering their views and will make a further statement in due course.