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Coronation (Municipal Elections)

Volume 499: debated on Thursday 24 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the desire of Brighton and other county boroughs to take the maximum part possible in suitable celebrations when the Coronation is held, he will exercise his powers under the Representation of the People Act to ensure that the dates for municipal elections and for the changing of mayors shall not take place at or near the date of the Coronation.

In pursuance of Section 57 (3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1948, municipal elections in England and Wales next year must be held in the week beginning 3rd May. My right hon. and learned Friend's discretion is limited to fixing the day for the election within that week.