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Volume 958: debated on Thursday 16 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if there is any constitutional or other legislative reason why polling for the parliamentary General Election should not be held on the same day as the day upon which the first United Kingdom elections to the European Parliament are to be held.

ing additional information based on reports recorded in the central index of missing persons, which is kept by his force. These figures need to be interpreted with some caution and if my hon. and learned Friend wishes to discuss them the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis would be glad to arrange for him to do so.

The figures relating to other forces indicate those cases which forces decided to report to the Metropolitan Police either immediately—because of the circumstances of the case—or because the case remained outstanding after one month.

I am not aware of any constitutional or legislative obstacles to the holding of both sets of elections separately on the same day.