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Colonial Servants (Voting)

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what specific grounds persons recruited from this country to the service of Colonial Governments abroad are made ineligible to vote by post or proxy at elections in this country.

In accordance with the decision of Parliament the general rule is that a person is not entitled to vote unless he is resident in the United Kingdom. The only exceptions are members of the Forces, Crown Servants paid wholly out of moneys provided by Parliament, and the wives of both. There is not the same case for making an exception for Colonial Crown servants as for United Kingdom Crown servants abroad.