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Elections (Compulsory Voting)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 26 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what European and other countries have adopted the system of making voting at elections compulsory on the part of those who are entitled to that privilege; and whether the system so adopted is working satisfactorily in each country concerned?

I regret that I have not sufficiently complete and reliable information to enable me to answer the question.

As this is a very important question, would it not be possible for the hon. Gentleman to get details from our two nearest neighbours, Holland and Belgium, who have both adopted this system?

I have no doubt that it would be possible, but I should hesitate to circularise all the self-governing countries.