Committee on Finance. - Electoral Bill, 1941—Second and Subsequent Stages.

Question proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

The simple purpose of this Bill is to make it possible for the returning or the presiding officer to put a question to elicit whether, in fact, a person applying for a voting paper, apart altogether from the question whether that person's name is on the register, is a person who has attained the age of 21 years. Section 3 of the Bill repeals Section 25 of the Parliamentary Elections (Ireland) Act, 1823, but that provision is re-enacted in Section 1.

The only difference practically is in reference to the 21 years of age?

That is so.

You repeal the provision of the Act of 1923 and reenact it here?

The penalties are the usual penalties for a false statement?

Question put and agreed to.

If there is no objection I should like to have the remaining Stages of the Bill now.

Agreed.

Bill passed through Committee without amendment, received for final consideration, and passed.