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The offence must arise in the house, and be dealt with at Chapter
Temporary provision was also made by the urgency
concluded. 8 8. O. 22. Limitations were also placed by standing orders No. 22. 23. and 30, 20 m
1: 23. and 30, passed during session 1882, amended session
1888, upon obstructive motions for adjournment, and
vexatious divisions (see p. 316), and provision was made, 8. O. 19, by standing order No. 19, to check irrelevance or repetition
' in debate. These standing orders, during session 1888,
received increased stringency; and the transaction of
business was also furthered by providing for the classifica8. O. 6, tion, on the notice paper, of bills other than government Appendix I.
"bills, after Whitsuntide (see p. 260), and for the appoint8. 0. 11. ment of motions for the introduction of bills, and for the Appendix I.
withdraw from the house, and of members suspended from its service prior to standing order No. 20, see 136 C. J. 227; 261 H. D. 3 s. 182.
1 313 ib. 1126–1128.
? Pursuant to these resolutions, a minister of the Crown, by a motion which declared that the state of public business was urgent (the question being put thereon forth. with, and decided by a majority of three to one in a house of not less than 300), was enabled to vest in the Speaker “the powers of the house for the regulation of its business.” The Protection of Person and Property (Ireland) Bill, the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Bill, and the Prevention of Crimes (Ireland) Bill, 1881, 1882, were dealt with accordingly under rules laid upon the table of the house by the
Speaker. A power conferred by these rules of ensuring the completion, at a prescribed hour, of the consideration of a bill in committee and on report was used in 1881, 136 C. J. 84. 93. 113. 116. A motion to apply urgency to votes in supply failed, 136 ib. 124.
3 Criminal Law (Ireland), &c., Bill, 142 ib. 285. 332; the Members of Parliament (Charges, &c.) Bill, 143 ib. 420; Government of Ireland Bill, 148 ib. 400, 513; Evicted Tenants (Ireland) Arbitration Bill, 149 ib. 334; Education (England and Wales) Bill, 157 ib. 473; Licens. ing Bill, 159 ib. 291; Aliens Bill, 160 ib. 294. A similar course was adopted for dealing with the outstanding business of supply that had to be concluded before the 31st March, 1905, 160 ib. 70.
Chapter nomination of select committees at the commencement of
business (see p. 256). By standing order also, with few
II. The rules to be observed by members present in the Rules to be
(1) By standing order No. 19, the lords are directed to To keep keep their dignity and order in sitting, and not to move places. out of their places without just cause; and that when they Lords. cross the house, they are to make obeisance to the cloth of
estate. See Seis By the resolutions of 10th February, 1698, and 16th Commons. jeant's duties, p.
February, 1720, members of the House of Commons are
If, after a call to “order," members who are standing at
(2) Members of the Commons who enter or leave the house Commons.
1 For the order, “That no member : 12 ib. 496; 19 ib. 425. do presume to take tobacco in the 3 D'Ewes, Journal, 282; 2 Hatgallery of the house or at a com- sell, 232. mittee table,” see 11 C. J. 137.
(3) In the Lords, it has been seen that care should be Chapter before members
taken in the manner of crossing the house, and it is especially speaking. irregular to pass between the woolsack and any peer who is . Lords.
addressing their lordships, or between the woolsack and the Commons. table. In the Commons, members are not to cross between
the chair and a member who is speaking,' nor between the
(4) They are not to read books, newspapers, or letters in
(5) Silence is required to be observed in both houses. In the Lords, it is ordered, by standing order No. 24
“If any lord has occasion to speak with another lord while the house is sitting, they are to retire to the Prince's Chamber, and not to converse in the space behind the woolsack, or else the Lord Speaker is to call them to order, and, if necessary, to stop the business in agitation."
Commons. In the Commons, all members should be silent, or should
converse only in a whisper. Whenever the conversation is
"That if any man shall whisper or stir out of his place to the disturbance of the house at any message or business of importance, Mr. Speaker is ordered to present his name to the house, for the house to proceed against him as they shall think fit." 3
Hissing or (6) They are not to disturb a member who is speaking, interrup. hoe
pe by hissing, exclamations, or other interruption; and the
i Permissible when a member speaks from the third or any higher bench from the floor.
: 4 C. J. 51. 3 2 ib. 135.
Chapter resolution of the house, 22nd January, 1693, enjoins " that
Mr. Speaker do call upon the member, by name, making
the displeasure and censure of the house.” 1
ise from the fulness of the house, and the general uproar
repress. On the 19th March, 1872, while strangers were
Without such noises, there are words of interruption "Hear, which, if used in moderation, are not unparliamentary ; but
when frequent and loud, cause serious disorder; such as Call to the cry of “ question,” “order, order,” or “hear, hear,” order, see
which has been sanctioned by long parliamentary usage, in p. 323.
both houses. When intended to denote approbation of the
A gross form of interruption, by loud cries of “shame,” has been strongly condemned by the Speaker, who declared
110.J.152. 473; see also motions against hissing, &c., 1604, 1 ib. 243. 935; 11 ib. 66.
: 210 H. D. 3 s. 307. 31 C. J. 483; 2 ib. 135; see anecdotes of Mr. Speaker Onslow
and Sir F. Norton, as to the calling of members by name; 1 Lord Sidmouth's Life, 692; Fox's speech, 23rd April, 1804. The case of Major O'Gorman, 6th August, 1878, 242 H. D. 3 8. 1380. 1438.
bis intention to take notice of the committal of the Chapter offence.1
XII. Misbe- On the 15th December, 1792, Mr. Whitmore, having dishaviour to members in turbed the debate by a disorderly interruption, was "named”
by the Speaker, and directed by the house to withdraw.
order sitting and covered ; and then the Speaker recommended during a that the division should be completed. After the declaration see
on see p. 357. of the numbers, the Speaker informed the house that, as the words had been uttered in the house, the matter came under his cognizance; and that he was authorized by both the members to tender to the house due expressions of regret and of apology for the occurrence. Again, 4th May, 1887, complaint having been made of insulting words directed against certain members of the house by a member standing below the bar, the Speaker directed the Clerk to take down the words. The Speaker then, having sought
1 310 H. D. 3 s. 166; 12 Parl. Deb. 4 s. 731. 790; 14 ib. 469. 472.
2 48 C. J. 11. 13; 30 Parl. Hist. 113; 107 C. J. 277.
3 136 ib. 55; 258 H. D. 3 s. 68.
• 141 C. J. 347; 308 H. D. 3 s. 1165.