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Representation Of The People (No 2) Bill

Volume 40: debated on Tuesday 18 May 1920

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Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.

My Lords, I have every confidence that your Lordships will agree to the Second Reading of the Bill. The object of the Bill is to remove an ambiguity.

ment, I do not know. Information has been asked for and is not forthcoming; and we are getting into a very slipshod manner of doing our business. I shall support the Amendment.

The noble Earl must allow noble Lords to make their Motions in their own terms.

On Question, whether the debate shall be now adjourned?—

Their Lordships divided:—Contents, 30; Not-Contents, 27.

The first subsection of Clause 1 explains that a boy under twenty-one years of age, who has been entitled to have a vote and be put upon the Parliamentary register, and who is demobilised before attaining the age of twenty-one, shall have that vote before he reaches the age of twenty-one; and the second subsection makes it clear that a boy who joins the Army, and who is not of the age of twenty-one, after the war, shall not be entitled to be put upon the register. These are very briefly the proposals in the Bill. We do not ask your Lordships to pass it through all its stages before Whitsuntide.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a .—( Viscount Astor.)

On Question, Bill read 2a , and Committed to a Committee of the Whole House.