HC Deb 06 July 1983 vol 45 cc87-8W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will tabulate such information as he has for all the EC countries, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland, as to the arrangements which are made to enable registered electors to vote at general or federal elections, who find it more convenient to vote early, by proxy or by post.

Mr. Mellor

The information available is as follows:

Country Postal Voting Proxy Voting
Belgium Not available Available for sick and disabled who cannot get to polling station and those abroad on professional business, such as diplomatic staff and members of armed forces.
Denmark Available for those abroad on diplomatic service or on sea duty. Not available
France Not available Available for civil servants, sailors and certain members of the armed forces who are out of the country on polling day, and for French citizens resident abroad.
Federal Republic of Germany Available for those who cannot vote in person and certain German civil servants and members of the armed forces abroad. Available for illiterate electors and those who cannot mark the paper through disability may be assisted by another person.
Republic of Ireland Available for members of the armed forces. Available for blind, illiterate and disabled voters who are physically present at the polling station.
Italy Not available Not available
Luxembourg Not available Not available
Netherlands Not available Available for Dutch citizens who work in public service overseas.
United Kingdom Available for those who for reasons of occupation, physical incapacity, religious observance or a move to another electoral area cannot vote in person. Available for Crown servants, members of the Armed Forces, employees of the British Council working overseas; their spouses: and for those whose occupation takes them out of the country on polling day.

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