§ 25. Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on the franchise of Irish citizens resident in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The Government welcome the decision of the Select Committee on Home Affairs to look at this as part of its inquiry into the Representation of the People Acts.
§ 34. Mr. Stanbrook
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why citizens of the Republic of Ireland are eligible for appointment as British police officers.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
It has not been found necessary to prevent such appointments. Inquiries are made about applicants for the police service to establish their suitability and all recruits make a declaration, in a form prescribed by Parliament, on appointment as constables.