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in a suit in the High Court of Chancery shall in Scotland mean the principles of taxation of expenses as between agent and client in the court of session :

17. Any of Her Majesty's Courts of record at Westminster shall in Scotland mean the court of session in Scotland:

18. In lieu of the provisions for the estreating of a recognizance under an election petition, the prescribed officer shall, when otherwise competent under the provisions of this Act, certify that the conditions contained in the bond of caution have not been fulfilled, and it shall then be competent for the party or parties interested to register the said bond, and do diligence upon it as accords of law.

LIX. This Act shall be in force until the expiration of three years from the passing of such Act and to the end of the then next session of parliament.

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11 & 12 Vict. c. An Act to amend the Law for the Trial The whole Act. 98 of Election Petitions.

26 Vict. c. 29. An Act to amend and continue the Law Section 8.

relating to corrupt Practices at elections

of Members of Parliament.

28 Vict. c. 8, An Act to amend "The Election Petitions The whole Act. Act, 1848," in certain Particulars.

THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE.

The Oath to be made and subscribed by Members of Parliament on taking their seats is in the following form:

"I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Victoria, her heirs and successors. So help me God."

"ACT FOR THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE, 1867." (30th and 31st Victoria, cap. 102.)

An Act further to amend the Laws relating to the Representation of the People in England and Wales. [15th August 1867.]

Whereas it is expedient to amend the laws relating to the representation of the people in England 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:

I. This Act shall be cited for all purposes as " The Representation of the People Act, 1867."

II. This Act shall not apply to Scotland or Ireland, nor in anywise affect the election of members to serve in Parliament for the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

PART I.-FRANCHISES.

III. 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)

1. Is of full age, and not subject to any legal incapacity; and

2. Is on the last day of July 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

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

4. Has on or before the twentieth day of July in the same year bona 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 of January:

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. IV. 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,)

2.

1. Is of full age and not subject to any legal incapacity; and As a lodger has occupied in the same Borough separately and as sole tenant for the twelve months preceding the last day of July 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 3. Has resided in such lodgings during the twelve months imme

diately preceding the last day of July, and has claimed to be registered as a voter at the next ensuing registration of voters.

V. 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,)

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 Majesty William the Fourth, chapter forty-five.

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VI. 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):

1. Is of full age, and not subject to any legal incapacity; and

2. Is on the last day of July 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

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 4. Has on or before the 20th day of July in the same year paid all poor rates that have become payable by him in respect of the said premises up to the preceding fifth day of January. VII. 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: 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 hereinafter mentioned:

2. The full rateable value of every dwelling house or other separate tenement, and the full rate in the pound payable by the

occupier, and the name of the occupier, shall be entered in the

rate book:

Where the dwelling house or tenement shall be wholly let out in apart-
ments or lodgings not separately rated, the owner of such dwelling house
or tenement shall be rated in respect thereof to the poor rate:
Provided as follows:

(1.) That nothing in this Act contained shall affect any composi-
tion existing at the time of the passing of this Act, so
nevertheless that no such composition shall remain in
force beyond the twenty-ninth day of September next:
(2.) That nothing herein contained shall affect any rate made
previously to the passing of this Act, and the powers
conferred by any subsisting Act for the purpose of col-
lecting and recovering a poor rate shall remain and
continue in force for the collection and recovery of any

such rate or composition :

(3.) That where the occupier under a tenancy subsisting at the time of the passing of this Act of any dwelling house or other tenement which has been let to him free from rates is rated and has paid rates in pursuance of this Act, he may deduct from any rent due or accruing due from him in respect of the said dwelling house or other tenement any amount paid by him on account of the rates to which he may be rendered liable by this Act.

VIII. Where any occupier of a dwelling house or other tenement (for which the owner at the time of the passing of this Act is rated or is liable to be rated) would be entitled to be registered as an occupier in pursuance of this Act at the first registration of Parliamentary voters to be made after the year One thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven if he had been rated to the poor-rate for the whole of the required period, such occupier shall, notwithstanding he may not have been rated prior to the 29th day of September One thousand eight hundred and sixtyseven as an ordinary occupier, be entitled to be registered, subject to the following conditions:

1. That he has been duly rated as an ordinary occupier to all poor rates in respect of the premises after the liability of the owner to be rated to the poor rate has ceased, under the provisions of this Act:

2. That he has on on before the twentieth day of July One thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight paid all poor rates which have become payable by him as an ordinary occupier in respect of the premises up to the preceding fifth day of January.

IX. At a contested election for any county or borough represented by three members no person shall vote for more than two candidates. X. At a contested election for the City of London no person shall vote for more than three candidates.

XI. No elector who within six months before or during any election for any county or borough shall have been retained, hired, or employed for all or any of the purposes of the election for reward by or on behalf

of any candidate at such election as agent, canvasser, clerk, messenger, or in other like employment, shall be entitled to vote at such election, and if he shall so vote, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

XII. Whereas upon representations made to Her Majesty in joint addresses of both Houses of Parliament to the effect that the select committees of the House of Commons appointed to try the petitions complaining of undue elections and returns for the boroughs of Totnes, Reigate, Great Yarmouth, and Lancaster had reason to believe that corrupt practices had extensively prevailed at the last elections for the said boroughs, commissioners were appointed for the purpose of making inquiry into the existence of such corrupt practices, in pursuance of the Act of Parliament passed in the sixteenth year of the reign of Her present Majesty, chapter fifty-seven, intituled An Act to provide for the more effectual Inquiry into the existence of Corrupt Practices at Elections for Members to serve in Parliament: And whereas the commissioners so appointed reported to Her Majesty as follows:

1.

As respects the said borough of Totnes, that at every election for the said borough since and including the election in the year 1857 corrupt practices had extensively prevailed:

2. As respects the said borough of Reigate, that bribery and treating had prevailed at the election in the year 1859, and had extensively prevailed at the two elections in the year 1858, and at the elections in the years 1863 and 1865:

3. As respects the said borough of Great Yarmouth, that corrupt and illegal practices had extensively prevailed at the elections in the years 1859 and 1865:

4.

As respects the said borough of Lancaster, that corrupt practices had extensively prevailed at the election in the year 1865, and, with rare exceptions, had for a long time prevailed at contested elections for members to serve in Parliament for that borough: Be it enacted, That from and after the end of this present Parliament the boroughs of Totnes, Reigate, Great Yarmouth, and Lancaster shall respectively cease to return any member or members to serve in Parliament.

XIII. Whereas the commissioners appointed under a commission of Her Majesty, dated the sixteenth day of June One thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, for the purpose of making inquiry into the existence of corrupt practices in the borough of Totnes, have by their report, dated the twenty-ninth day of January One thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, reported to Her Majesty that the persons named in schedules (I.) and (K.) to the said report annexed had been guilty of giving or receiving bribes: Be it enacted, That none of the persons so named in the said schedules shall have the right of voting for the southern division of the county of Devon in respect of a qualification situated within the said borough of Totnes.

XIV. Whereas the commissioners appointed under a commission of Her Majesty, dated the sixteenth day of June One thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, for the purpose of making inquiry into the existence of corrupt practices in the borough of Great Yarmouth have

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