BUSINESS QUESTION – CANDIDATES' ADDRESSES – 11 June 2009
Dr Julian Lewis: Next week, Government and Opposition peers will have a free vote on a clause inserted by this House into the Political Parties and Elections Bill that gives candidates in general elections the option of having their full home address on ballot papers – which is what happens at present – or to have their constituency address there instead. True to form, however, the Liberal Democrats in the upper House are imposing a three-line Whip against the clause. They say that they are doing so on the grounds that they want this House to have a better opportunity to debate the matter. If the clause comes back to this House, will the Government guarantee that we will have time to debate it and vote on it again, if necessary?
[The Leader of the House of Commons (Ms Harriet Harman): We will of course try to make sure that all the issues involved are properly debated when the Bill comes back to this House.]