Representation of the People Act 1867

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1867 c. 102


Representation of the People Act, 1867.

(30 & 31 Vict.) C A P. CII.

An Act further to amend the Laws relating to the Representation of the People inEngland and Wales .

[15th August 1867]

W HEREAS it is expedient to amend the Laws relating to the Representation of the People inEngland and Wales:

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Short Title.

1 Short Title.

1. This Act shall be cited for all Purposes as ‘TheRepresentation of the People Act, 1867.’

S-2 Application of Act.

2 Application of Act.

2. This Act shall not apply toScotland or Ireland , nor in anywise affect the Election of Members to serve in Parliament for the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge .

I Franchises .

PART I.

Franchises .

S-3 Occupation Franchise for Voters in Boroughs.

3 Occupation Franchise for Voters in Boroughs.

3. Every Man shall, in and after the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, be entitled to be registered as a Voter, and, when registered, to vote for a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for a Borough, who is qualified as follows; (that is to say,)

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1. Is of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity; and

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2. Is on the last Day ofJuly in any Year, and has during the whole of the preceding Twelve Calendar Months been, an Inhabitant Occupier, as Owner or Tenant, of any Dwelling House within the Borough; and

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3. Has during the Time of such Occupation been rated as an ordinary Occupier in respect of the Premises so occupied by him within the Borough to all Rates (if any) made for the Relief of the Poor in respect of such Premises; and

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4. Has on or before the Twentieth Day ofJuly in the same Year bon fide paid an equal Amount in the Pound to that payable by other ordinary Occupiers in respect of all Poor Rates that have become payable by him in respect of the said Premises up to the preceding Fifth Day ofJanuary:

Provided that no Man shall under this Section be entitled to be registered as a Voter by reason of his being a joint Occupier of any Dwelling House.

S-4 Lodger Franchise for Voters in Boroughs.

4 Lodger Franchise for Voters in Boroughs.

4. Every Man shall, in and after the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, be entitled to be registered as a Voter, and, when registered, to vote for a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for a Borough, who is qualified as follows; (that is to say,)

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1. Is of full Acre, and not subject to any legal Incapacity; and

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2. As a Lodger has occupied in the same Borough separately and as sole Tenant for the Twelve Months preceding the last Day ofJuly in any Year the same Lodgings, such Lodgings being Part of one and the same Dwelling House, and of a clear yearly Value, if let unfurnished, of Ten Pounds or upwards; and

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3. Has resided in such Lodgings during the Twelve Months immediately preceding the last Day ofJuly , and has claimed to be registered as a Voter at the next ensuing Registration of Voters.

S-5 Property Franchise for Voters in Counties.

5 Property Franchise for Voters in Counties.

5. Every Man shall, in and after the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, be entitled to be registered as a Voter, and, when registered, to vote for a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for a County, who is qualified as follows; (that is to say,)

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1. Is of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity, and is seised at Law or in Equity of any Lands or Tenements of Freehold Copyhold, or any other Tenure whatever, for his own Life, or for the Life of another, or for any Lives whatsoever, or for any larger Estate of the clear yearly Value of not less than Five Pounds over and above all Rents and Charges payable out of or in respect of the same, or who is entitled, either as Lessee or Assignee, to any Lands or Tenements of Freehold or of any other Tenure whatever, for the unexpired Residue, whatever it may be, of any Term originally created for a Period of not less than Sixty Years (whether determinable on a Life or Lives or not), of the clear yearly Value of not less than Five Pounds over and above all Rents and Charges payable out of or in respect of the same:

Provided that no Person shall be registered as a Voter under this Section unless he has complied with the Provisions of the Twenty-sixth Section of the Act of the Second Year of the Reign of His MajestyWilliam the Fourth, Chapter Forty-five.

S-6 Occupation Franchise for Voters in Counties.

6 Occupation Franchise for Voters in Counties.

6. Every Man shall, in and after the Year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, be entitled to be registered as a Voter, and, when registered, to vote for a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for a County, who is qualified as follows; (that is to say,)

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1. Is of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity; and

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2. Is on the last Day ofJuly in any Year, and has during the Twelve Months immediately preceding been, the Occupier, as Owner or Tenant, of Lands or Tenements within the County of the rateable Value of Twelve Pounds or upwards; and

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3. Has during the Time of such Occupation been rated in respect to the Premises so occupied by him to all Rates (if any) made for the Relief of the Poor in respect of the said Premises; and

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4. Has on or before the Twentieth Day ofJuly in the same Year paid all Poor Fates that hive become payable by him in respect of the said Premises up to the preceding Fifth Day of January .

S-7 Occupiers in Boroughs to be rated, and not Owners.

7 Occupiers in Boroughs to be rated, and not Owners.

7. Where the Owner is rated at the Time of the passing of this Act to the Poor Rate in respect of a Dwelling House or other Tenement situate in a Parish wholly or partly in a Borough, instead of the Occupier, his Liability to be rated in any future Poor Rate shall cease, and the following Enactments shall take effect with respect to rating in all Boroughs:

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1. After the passing of this Act no Owner of any Dwelling House or other Tenement situate in a Parish either wholly or partly within a Borough shall be rated to the Poor Rate instead of the Occupier, except as herein-after mentioned:

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