§ Dr. Whitehead
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the calling of local authority by-elections following the death of the sitting member with particular reference to the sensibilities of those bereaved; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
None. If the death of a councillor occurs not less than six months before the office concerned would normally have become vacant, a by-election must be held within 35 days of the receipt by the proper officer of the council of a notice of vacancy in writing signed by two electors.