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Electoral Franchise (Service Register)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what administrative difficulties prevent serving officers and men being automatically placed on the electoral register of the locality in which their next-of-kin live.

My information is that the machinery of the Service Departments is not designed to enable it to identify each individual with the constituency concerned. The proposal would also result in disfranchisement where the next-of-kin is resident outside the United Kingdom, and in other cases might result in an elector being identified with a constituency in which he has no interest. This matter will, however, fall within the terms of reference of the forthcoming Committee on Electoral Registration.