HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c274W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will report progress on his consideration of the options for changing the law on absent voting.

Mr. Hurd

I have placed in the Library copies of a consultation paper on absent voting, together with a paper on associated costs, which the home Departments are issuing today to representatives of the local authorities, electoral registration officers and main political parties. This discusses possible ways of remedying certain difficulties regarding postal and proxy voting which arose during the 1987 general election.