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European Parliament (Elections)

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the fact that the Select Committee on Direct Elections to the European Parliament has recommended that the franchise for the direct elections be extended to United Kingdom nationals and their spouses working abroad subject to certain qualification, and that applications for registration as electors must normally be made by the qualifying date, 10th October, if he will initiate the preparation of the necessary application forms straight away, so that they can be distributed as widely as possible in embassies, legations and other locations abroad in good time for applications to be made before the qualifying date.

The Government will be publishing a White Paper dealing with this point and other recommendations of the Select Committee.