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Elections (Candidates' Tellers)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether new guidance has now been issued to returning officers at local government and parliamentary elections so that candidates' tellers at polling stations will be accommodated indoors wherever this is practical.

No. As I stated in my reply to a question by the hon. Member on 26 July—[Vol. 971, c. 874]—we shall bear this matter in mind when preparing a new, comprehensive memorandum of guidance to acting returning officers, to replace that issued in 1974. Its preparation must, however, await the completion of our general review of electoral law and procedures and the introduction of any changes which may flow from it.