chapter  19
5.1 The Bill
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Similar Bills were introduced for Scotland and Ireland, again establishing a uniform £10 franchise in the boroughs. The Scottish Bill was the most far-reaching of the three, since the changes would increase the number of voters from a paltry 4,500, spread over 30 counties and 15 burghs, to about 65,000, still a fraction of the population, but a considerably greater fraction. In Ireland, there would be little actual increase in the electorate, since Irish property values were generally much lower than elsewhere. Given that Catholics formed the bulk of the poorest segment of the population, the extension of the franchise to Catholics under the 1829 Act also brought little change in the composition of the electorate.