HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc214-5W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Lord President of the Council (1) in view of the fact that dead voters on the electoral register will have an influence on the result of the proposed devolution referenda, if he will seek powers to make provision for the next of kin of these persons to be allowed to vote as they think the dead person would have wished;

(2) if he will bring forward a referendum Bill to lay down fair, equitable and practical guidelines for the holding of referenda in the United Kingdom;

(3) in view of provisions of the Scotland Bill, if it is his intention to bring forward legislation which will require henceforward that no motion on a Bill before the House certified by Mr. Speaker as being of constitutional importance can be carried unless supported by at least 250 Members, being 40 per cent. of those entitled to vote in a Division in the House;

(4) if he will take steps to compile a special electoral register for the referenda on Scottish and Welsh Assemblies in view of the special difficulties in defining the number of people entitled to vote on existing registers and in view of the special majority required.

Mr. Foot