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Chapter whether orders of the day or notices of motion, as they s. 0.5, VIII.
13, Appenmay think fit, a motion to give priority to a notice of dis 1. ppena motion over the orders of the day is now rarely needed on those sittings; though such a motion might be rendered necessary if, in case the occasion arose, the government desired to take the opinion of the house, whether priority should be given to an unofficial motion (see p. 268).
When priority has been given by the order of the house to a notice of motion over the orders of the day, the Speaker calls on the member in whose name the notice stands, and when the motion has been considered, the house reverts to the orders of the day..
The arrangements fixed by the standing orders for the Arrangetwelve o'clock sittings on Fridays (prior to 1902 Wednes- Friday days) are rarely disturbed. Still those standing orders *** have been wholly suspended,' or suspended as regards the S. 0. 1, 2, interruption of business, and the rising of the house at six dixi. o'clock, in the case of certain orders of the day, subject to the immediate adjournment of the house when those orders were disposed of. Government orders have also occasionally been given precedence at these sittings. Sittings Saturday
besittings. on Saturdays are occasionally held subject to the standing orders which regulate the Friday sittings, or to an order that, as soon as government business is concluded, the adjournment of the house shall take place without question
Precedence is occasionally given to certain orders of the Arrange
ments for day over all other orders of the day and notices of motion. the fur:
govern14th July, 1865, the house sat on tion moved, 11th Feb. 1893, p. ment the 5th, at a quarter before four, 244, n. 2.
business. instead of twelve, 120 C. J. 449; 140 5 Protection of Persons, &c. (Ireib. 407.
land) Bill, 1881, 136 C. J. 32; 258 H. ? 7th Aug. 1872, 127 ib. 426 ; 15th D. 3 s. 1744; Prevention of Crime July, 1874, 129 ib. 303; 144 ib. 293. (Ireland) Bill, Arrears of Rent (Ire- Closure 447.
land) Bill, 1882, 137 C. J. 224. 289. resolutions • 147 ib. 325; 150 ib. 34; 157 491 ; Rules of Procedure, 142 ib. 72;
see p. 342, ib. 26. See also order appropriating 151 ib. 57; 157 ib. 36; Criminal n. 3 Friday sittings to government busi. Law Amendment (Ireland) Bill, 142 ness, 157 ib. 437.
ib. 140; Consolidated Fund Bill, * 143 ib. 427. 493; 144 ib. 434. 144 ib. 73; Customs, &c., Bill, 145 ib. 453; 145 ib. 531. 553; see resolu- 334; Tithe Rent-Charge Bill, 146 ib.
Proceedings on the reports of the resolutions of the com- Chapter
Amendments to motions relating to the business of the
Except in the case of motions amounting to a distinct
Amendments to motions (business of the house).
81; Purchase of Land, &c. (Ireland)
1 160 C. J. 112. The reports of
2 16th July, 1891, 146 ib. 449 ; 9th June, 1892, 147 ib. 325.
3 19th March, 1889, 334 H. D. 3 s. 142.
4 19th March, 30th April, 1889, Mr. Bradlaugh's and Mr. E. Robertson's notices of amendments; 16th July, 1891, 355 H. D. 3 s. 1433. Mr. Seton-Karr's notices of amendments,
31st May, 1894 ; Notices of Motions, p. 1080, 25 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 49; and 29th April, 1895; Notices of Motions, p. 1215, 33 Parl, Deb. 4 s. 53; Mr. Elliott Lee's notice of amendment, 28th February, 1895, Notices of Motions, p. 385, 31 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 78. Amendments, “ gambling," &c., to motion (Derby day adjournment), 30th May, 1892 and 1893, Notices, pp. 1593. 1980. See also Mr. Chamberlain's notice of an amendment to a motion prescribing procedure for the report stage of the Government of Ireland Bill as stated, 18th Aug. 1893, and as moved, 21st Aug. 16 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 532, 654 ; 148 C. J. 513. An amend. ment to the motion relating to the sitting of committees on Ascension day is out of order, 40 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 1263.
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sanctioned by the leader of the opposition, the question unofficial whether the government should concede priority to a notice motions. of motion, or to an order of the day in the charge of an unofficial member, is left entirely to their discretion.
Incidental interruptions to proceedings.—Besides the interruption of business, at the moment prescribed by the standing orders (see p. 213), or by a member rising to move the closure of debate (see p. 211), proceedings in Parliament
may be interrupted by a matter of privilege, or order,
1 217 H. D. 3 s. 1256; 303 ib. 1374.
the Irish Church, 191 H. D. 3 s. 31-
? 93 C. J. 227; 106 ib. 443; 159 ib. 116. On the 20th April, 1863, the reading of a petition was so interrupted, and was resumed on the return of the Speaker from the Lords.
3 108 C. J. 438; 125 ib. 377; 17th Dec. 1878. This rule, however, does not apply to a message from the Crown. On the 5th June, 1866, a message relating to the marriage of Princess Mary of Cambridge was brought up between one motion and another : but not so as to interrupt a debate.
4 By the recent practice, a message brought by the Clerk does not ordi. narily interrupt the business under discussion; but there are occasions when such an interruption can arise, 126 C. J. 57.
s 98 ib. 347. 484.
« Ground Game Bill, 3rd Sept. 1880, 135 C. J. 431 ; 137 ib. 452.
(see p. 508); by the clerk of the Crown attending by order Chapter
Examples occur of an interruption caused by a motion
When the cause of interruption has ceased, or the proceeding thereon has been disposed of, the debate, or the business in hand which was interrupted, is resumed at the point where the interruption had occurred; 4 though the resumption of a proceeding, subjected to an interruption, has been sometimes delayed by the occurrence of further interruptions.5
Consideration of matters of privilege.—The proceedings of the house may be interrupted at any moment, save during
Causes of interruption.
1 93 C. J. 276. 308.
2 135 ib. 236. The business of the house was in former times interrupted by a motion that candles be brought in: but, by order 6th Feb, 1717, the Serjeant was charged with the duty of having the house lighted when “ daylight be shut in,” 18 ib. 718; and now the direction to that effect is given by the Speaker or the chairman.
3 2 Hatsell, 121. 164; 80 C. J. 537; 93 ib, 204 ; 97 ib. 129; 98 ib. 112; 123 ib. 148; 124 ib. 57. In one case certain Acts were directed to be read, by way of amendment to the original question, 19th March, 1854, 109 ib. 124.
• When the consideration of
be taken, the private business that
This ancient rule was thus expressed in debate by an eminent authority: “Nothing can be so regular, according to the practice of this house, as when any member brings under the consideration of the house a breach of its privileges, for the house to hear it-nay, to hear it with or without noticewhether any question is or is not before it; and even in the midst of another discussion, if a member should rise to complain of a breach of the privileges of the house, they have always instantly heard him," Mr. Williams Wynn 11th Feb. 1836, 31 H. D, 3 s. 274.
Chapter the progress of a division (see p. 346), by a motion based on
-- a matter of privilege, when a matter has recently arisen ផងកq 01 on which directly concerns the privileges of the house; and
"ប a petition, in that case, the house will entertain the motion forth with.2 ste p. 534. Privilege,
If complaint of a breach of privilege be made whilst the astest of house is in committee, the committee reports progress see p. 115, thereon 3 (see p. 80); or, upon an act of disorder com
mitted in his presence, the chairman has quitted the chair and sent for the Speaker 4 (see p. 387). Such an interruption may arise if a member be insulted or assaulted, or by a sudden act of disorder in the house 5 (see p. 346).
A privilege matter may also be brought forward without notice, before the commencement of public business, and is considered immediately, on the assumption that the matter
is brought forward without delay, and that its immediate Appoint. consideration is essential to the dignity of the house ; yet, ment of committees though, in some respects, a matter of privilege properly en does not admit of notice, if a member can give notice, and
the matter is a question of privilege, precedence is conceded to it. The right of complaint is not restricted to
see p. 246. uro 100 aumu 01 NOVIC
"See the Speaker's ruling, 17th July, 1860, 159 H. D. 3 s. 2035 ; 17th March, 1864, 174 ib. 190 ; 21st June, 1880, 253 ib. 433; 17th May, 1881, 261 ib. 694; 16th Feb. 1882, 266 ib. 788.
? 12th May, 1848, interference of & peer with the election for Stamford, 98 ib. 931; 22nd May, 1848, Sligo election compromise, 98 ib. 1236; Peterborough election, ap. pointment and nomination of committee, 18th and 21st July, 1853, 108 C. J. 691. 703; other election cases, see p. 654. Ameer Ali Moorad's claim, 22nd Feb. 1858, 113 C.J.68; Lisburn election, 21st April, 1864, 119 ib. 184; Azeem Jah (forged signatures to petitions), 8th May, 1865, 120 ib. 247; King's County election, 12th Feb. 1866, 121 ib. 55; complaint of Mr. Plimsoll's book, 20th Feb. 1873; complaint of Mr. Sullivan against Dr. Kenealy, 11th April, 1877 ; 132 ib. 144 ; forged sig
natures to petitions, 21st March,
142 ib. 407.
6 Election compromises, 12th and 22nd May, 1848, 98 H. D. 3 s. 931. 1236; Peterborough election, 18th and 21st July, 1853, 108 C. J. 691. 703; expulsion of James Sadleir, 24th July, 1856, and 16th Feb. 1857, 143 H. D.3 s. 1386; 144 ib. 702; Mr. Townsend's bankruptcy, 1858, 113 C. J. 229; case of Mr. Bradlaugh, 11th and 12th May, 1881, 261 H. D. 3 s. 218. 282. 431; Mr. Davitt, 27th Feb. 1882, 266 ib. 1811. 1842.