§ 35. Mr. Turton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what step he is taking to ensure that every county 2269 constituency is so divided that there shall be a separate polling place for every parish; and what representations he has received from local authorities under Section 7 of the Representation of the People Act, 1948.
§ Mr. Turton
In view of the pledge which the Minister himself gave that there would be a separate polling station in every parish, will be at an early date cause a review to be made of the complaints made by local authorities in regard to the carrying out of his pledge?
§ Mr. Ede
I have given instructions in the matter. I can say to the House that, taking rural counties as a whole, there has already been a substantial increase in the number of polling stations. For example, in Buckinghamshire there are an additional 65, in Nottinghamshire an additional 84, and in Warwickshire an additional 80. I am keeping the subject under review, for I regard this matter as an essential part of the reforms enacted in the Representation of the People Act.
§ Mr. Turton
Will the Home Secretary say whether those increases ensure a separate polling station in every rural parish?
§ Mr. Manningham-Buller
Did not the right hon. Gentleman give his word that there would be a separate polling station in every parish, except in exceptional circumstances?
§ Mr. Nicholson
What remedy has an elector if there is not a polling station provided in his parish?