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Electoral Anomalies—Irish Representation

Volume 90: debated on Thursday 7 March 1901

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I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, having regard to the fact that the Romford Division of Essex numbers no less than 33,000 electors, and is increasing I that number by about 5,000 per annum, and has only one representative, he will consider the advisability of permanently suspending two of the writs of Irish Members and issuing them to that portion, of the county of Essex comprised in the Romford Division.

Did the hon. Member before putting the question consult the Irish Members whom he has asked to back his Bills?

I am quite aware that my hon. friend's constituency is perhaps I he greatest of the many great anomalies which at present signalise our Parliamentary system. But I think that his method of dealing with those anomalies is somewhat crude. I do not think I can promise him legislation on those lines.