43. Viscountess ASTOR
asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, what is the total number of absent voters on the existing register; and what was the number of absent voters who recorded their vote at the recent Election?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Bridgeman)
I have been asked to reply to this question. The total number of absent voters on the lists which came into force on the 15th October last was, for England and Wales, 162,927, or taking the constituencies which were contested. 154,446. The figure for Scotland is not available. The figures of those who recorded their votes are not yet available, but I expect to be in a position to give them in the course of a few weeks.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of altering the system of the voting of absent voters, in view of the difficulties experienced and the fact that, on this occasion, so many of them were unable to vote?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
If my hon. Friend will give me any substantial reason for making any alteration, I shall be very glad to consider doing so.