§ MR. T. P. O'CONNOR (Liverpool, Scotland)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether it is a fact that, at the Slea- 515 ford Street Polling Station, in the West Lambeth Division, during the School Board Election on Monday, several hundred persons who presented themselves between the hours of 6 and 8 o'clock in the evening were prevented from recording their votes owing to the insufficient accommodation provided; whether some of the electors who were unable to record their votes arrived at the polling station before 7 o'clock; and, whether this practical disfranchisement of a large number of duly qualified electors will render the election invalid?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir WILLIAM HART DYKE) (Kent, Dartford)
, in reply, said, he was not aware of the facts alleged; but the Education Department was not responsible for the conduct of the School Board Elections. The only way to test the validity of an election was by legal proceedings taken in order to test the right of those elected to serve on the Board.