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Chapter challenge to Mr. Molyneux, a merchant, the house required
XII. his assurance that the matter should go no further. Words When disorderly words are used by a member in debate, Words taken doun upon the
* notice should be immediately taken of the words objected to Speaker's to ; ? and if a member desires that the words be taken direction, see p. 346. down, he must repeat the words to which he objects, and Report by state them to the house exactly as he conceives the words
* to have been spoken. Then the Speaker or chairman, if in not taken bis opinion the words are disorderly, having ascertained doron, see p.
the sense of the house or the committee, directs the Clerk
objection was taken to words, after a question put from the
reported forth with, to be dealt with by the house.10 Failing
i Private memorandum, 22nd Feb. 1849. But see 13 C. J. 444; also case when offensive language had been used, in the division lobby, concerning a speech delivered at a public meeting, 16th May, 1867, 122 ib. 221.
2 165 H. D. 3 s. 622; 268 ib. 196.
* Regarding the Speaker's discretion in giving the direction, see 2 Hatsell, 272, n. ; also 115 H. D. 3 s. 276; 235 ib. 1806.
+ 2 Hatsell, 269 ; 66 C. J. 391 ; 68 ib. 322; 247 ib. 1982; 270 ib. 365;
272 ib. 1563.
- 16th Feb. 1770, 1 Cav. Deb. 463. 62 Hatsell, 269, n. 19 H. D. 326. $ 205 H. D. 3 s. 403.
3 48 ib. 321, 17th June, 1839 (Beer Bill).
10 Case of Mr. More, 3rd June, 1626, 1 C. J. 866; of Mr. Shippen, 4th Dec. 1717, 18 ib. 653 ; of Mr. Duffy, 5th May, 1853, 108 ib. 461. 466; of Mr. Parnell, 25th July, 1877, 132 ib. 375; 3rd July, 1879;
the tender of explanation or apology, the consideration of Chapter the matter is appointed for the next sitting, and the – member incriminated is ordered to attend. Immediate complaint to the chair is, however, the most effective mode
of dealing with offensive words. Citing Another rule, or principle of debate, may be here added. documents
before A minister of the Crown is not at liberty to read or quote the house.
from a despatch or other state paper not before the house,
i See motion of Mr. Adam, 4th Also statement of rule by Viscount March, 1808, to censure Mr. Canning Palmerston, 12th May, 1863; and for having read to the house de 176 ib. 962 ; 179 ib. 489; 235 ib. 935 ; spatches and parts of despatches, 319 ib. 1859. 1869; 336 ib. 651. See none of which had then been com. also debate, 11th March, 1903, municated to the house, and some when a minister quoted the evidenco of which the house had determined given before a military court of inshould not be produced, 10 H. D. 1 quiry, and the Speaker's statement, s. 898; 2 Lord Colchester's Diary, 16th March, that the rule of debate 141. Mr. Canning and Mr. Tierney, had been complied with by laying 11th Feb. 1818, 37 H. D. 338. De upon the table the evidence of the bate in committee of supply, 17th witness quoted, 119 Parl. Deb. 4 s. July, 1857 (Sir C. Wood); 146 H. D. 501. 570. 858. A minister, who 3 s. 1759. See debate, 23rd May, summarises a correspondence but 1862, on the Longford Election, in does not actually quote from it, is which Sir Robert Peel referred to not bound to lay it upon the table, information received by the govern. 151 ib. 814. ment without citing documents; and
Chapter documents he had referred to being private, he could not
lay them upon the table. Lord R. Cecil contended that the
that of good taste could have restrained. Legal
The opinions of the law officers of the Crown, being conpresented, fidential, are not usually laid before Parliament, nor cited
in debate; and their production has frequently been
tion. legitimate opportunity of discussion, to ensure reasonable
" 179 H. D. 3 s. 489 ; see Speaker's ruling, 282 ib. 2108.
? 15 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 1778.
naval operations in the Baltic, 137
- Riots at Belfast, 17th Feb. 1865,
delays in the passing of important measures, and to guard Chapter
as the house may adjudge." 3
secure the due transaction of public business, and to main-
was considered by a select committee in 1878, and a $. 0. 18, standing order was passed,4 28th February, 1880, amended Appendix I.
22nd November, 1882, for the suspension of a member from
i Jeremy Bentham contrasts the three times, in resisting the punishliberal spirit of the English Parlia- ment of the printers of the debates; ment with the intolerance of revolu. and Burke said of these proceedings, tionary France. "In France, the “Posterity will bless the pertinacity terrible decrees of urgency, the de- of that day,” 2 Cavendish Deb. 377. crees for closing the discussion, may 395. well be remembered with dread; 3 132 0. J. 375. they were formed for the subjuga "Occasions when this standing tion of the minority-for the pur order was put in force : 136 ib. 31. pose of stifling arguments which 56. 111. 418; 258 H. D. 3 s. 69-88; were dreaded."-Political Tactics, 2, 137 C. J. 149. 322. 346. 395. 483; 271 Works, 361.
H. D. 3 s. 1127. 1262; 273 ib. 1280 ; 2 On the 12th March, 1771, the 151 C. J. 242; 156 ib. 62. 352. 355; minority divided the house twenty-.157 ib. 123. 437.
Chapter of ways and means or any other chairman,' for com.
_mitting the offence of disregarding the authority of the Chairman's chair, or of abusing the rules of the house by persistently report, see and
36.** and wilfully obstructing the business of the house, or Order for otherwise. Suspension under the standing order as of one or amended, 22nd November, 1882, lasted on the first
em- occasion, for a week; on the second, for a fortnight; and bers, see 8. 0. 18,, on any subsequent occasion, for a month; but these Appendix I.
periods of time were taken out of the standing order in the course of its amendment in session 1902 with a view to the substitution of other periods. As these however were not agreed upon by the house, the suspension of a member under the standing order continues for the session unless the house terminate it sooner. An amendment of the standing order made on the 7th March, 1901, provided that if through the refusal of a member who had been suspended to withdraw from the house the Speaker has to call the attention of the house to the fact that force was necessary to compel obedience to his direction, such member is thereupon without further question put suspended during the remainder of the session. Notices standing in the name of a suspended member are removed from the notice paper of each day as it is made out, as long as his suspension lasts. Suspension carries with it exclusion from the precincts of the house? (see p. 350).
1 332 H. D. 3 s. 991.
? The words, “or otherwise," apply to any form of disorder which it is the duty of the chair to restrain, 26th Feb. 1885, 294 ib. 1421; Mr. T. M. Healy, 142 C. J. 173. 407. The proceedings on such a motion would be exempt from interruption under the provisions of standing order No. 1, 103 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 237.
3 157 C. J. 63.
• 105 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 727; 157 C. J. 130. Although a motion to rescind the order for the suspension of a member or to terminate his suspension is not entitled to priority as a privilege motion, the Speaker accorded such priority on one oc
casion to a motion for rescinding the
5 156 C. J. 67.
? When suspension is ordered on a motion not made pursuant to the standing order, withdrawal from the precincts of the house must be obtained by express terms in the resolution for suspension, 146 C. J. 481 ; 313 H. D. 3 s. 1417. For the extent of exclusion enforced in the case of Mr. Bradlaugh, when ordered to