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Chapter conduct of Parliament, or the courts of justice, or other
-. tribunal, or constituted authority ;4 and if objection be
taken to a petition upon such a ground, the petition should be read at the table. On the 2nd March, 1822, a petition from Newcastle, imputing notorious corruption to the House
of Commons, was, on a division, not received ; 6 and a Petitions motion having been made that a petition alleging that for pro
of members of Parliament had taken a bribe, do lie upon the
table, the motion was withdrawn. On the 2nd August, see p. 431.
1832, a petition threatening to resist the law, was not
581; also the petition alleging 2 76 ib. 105.
fraudulent practices against a 3 Ib. 92; 83 ib. 541.
member, 116 C. J. 364. 377. 381 ; 4 78 ib. 431; 91 ib. 698.
see also debate on petitions com5 164 H. D. 3 s. 978; 202 ib. 1307. plaining of members (p. 352). 6 6 H. D. 2 s. 1231 ; 26th June, ? 87 ib. 547. 1823, 9 ib. 1253 ; see also debate on 8 93 ib. 236. a petition praying inquiry into the 995 ib. 193. mismanagement of the Eastern 10 103 ib. 384 ; 97 H. D. 3 s. 1055. Counties Railway, by Mr. Hudson 11 186 ib, 1929 ; 187 ib. 1886. and two other M.P.'s, 105 H. D. 3 s. 12 129 ib. 209.
imputations upon the conduct of certain judges, and state- Chapter
have been formally given, and printed on the notice paper, 8. 0.80, petitions referring to them are received. And by standing For pro
cedure on pendisl. order No 80, the usage under which the house refused to petitions
entertain petitions against a resolution or bill imposing and
see p. 563.
On the 18th June, 1849, a petition was offered from
W. S. O'Brien and others, attainted of treason, praying to inted. be heard by counsel against the Transportation for Treason
(Ireland) Bill. It was objected that no petition could be
ib. 160; 19th Feb. 1851 (Window 2 130 ib. 134. 145.
Tax), 109 ib. 160. 3 77 ib. 150; 82 ib. 604; 91 ib. 85 ib. 107; 63 H. D. 3 s. 192; 616; 97 ib. 259; 103 ib. 406.633; 105 114 ib. 820.
Petition from person
the presentation of
Chapter petition from W. S. O'Brien, upon the subject of his sen
tence, had been already received by the house."
3. Petitions are to be presented by a member of the house Duty of to which they are addressed, but, as has been already them
2 members in stated, a member cannot be compelled to present a petition tat
"petitions. (see p. 86). A member, who presents a petition, must,
pursuant to the order of the house, affix his name at the Responsi- beginning thereof. On the 6th April, 1876, notice being bility of
taken that a member's name had been affixed to a petition for the
without his authority, the petition was ordered to be with-
should be signed by his own hand, and that it is irregular
1 106 H. D. 3 s. 389.
2 131 C. J. 181. 200; Rep. of Com. 228 H. D. 3 s. 1411.
3 140 0. J. 11; see also resolu. tions, 20th March, 1833, and 9th May, 1844, 88 ib. 190; 74 H. D. 3 s. 714; 99 C. J. 284.
+ 131 ib. 141; 228 H. D. 3 s. 1320. 5 229 ib. 586.
o On the 17th April, 1690, a question for admitting the sheriffs was negatived, on division, 5 Parl. Hist. 586.
MS. Officers and Usages of the House of Commons, p. 46.
6 90 C. J. 506; 103 ib. 123. 331. 731 ; 136 ib. 248. 75 ib. 213; 94 ib. 432.
aldermen, and commons; and by two aldermen, and Chapter
their provost four hundred miles to present a petition.” 4 Presenta- A peer or member may petition the house to which he petition
belongs : but if a member desires to have a petition from
tion of a
from a member.
1 95 C. J. 43. 82. 198.
? By resolution, 23rd Feb. 1813, 68 ib. 209 ; 24 H. D. 698; 124 C. J. 85; 134 ib. 269; 137 ib. 288; 143 ib. 109 ; 144 ib. 183.
3 On the 1st July, 1850, a petition from the corporation of Dublin was presented by the lord mayor in his place as a member (wearing his robes). The officers of the corporation, in their robes, were allowed seats below the bar: but having brought the mace into the house, they were desired by the Serjeant to remove it, MS, note. So again Friday, 14th March, 1851, 6th Feb. 1880, and on several other occasions. MS. Officers and Usages of the House of Commons, p. 46.
• 68 C. J. 209 ; 24 H. D. 698.705.
5 So ruled by Mr. Speaker, 30th Aug. 1841 (Sir Valentine Blake), 59 H. D. 3 s. 476; 30th April, 1846 (Sir J. Graham), and 9th July, 1850 (Mr. F. O'Connor).
6 Objection was taken, in March, 1881, to the presentation of a petition by Mr. Bradlaugh, the High Court of Justice having adjudged that the making an affirmation had not qualified him to sit and vote : but notice of appeal having been given, it was allowed, 259 H. D. 3 s. 892. On the 22nd June, 1882, he was informed by Mr. Speaker that he could not present a petition until he had taken the oath, 137 C. J. 295.
· In Feb. 1880, the Lord Mayor of Dublin had arranged to present a petition on the day of meeting, but
withdrawn and re
Chapter To facilitate the presentation of petitions, they may be Transmis
sion by transmitted through the post-office, to members of either post." house, free of postage, provided they be sent without covers, or in covers open at the sides, and do not exceed 32 ounces in weight. In both houses it is the duty of members to read petitions To be rend
by memwhich are sent to them, before they are presented, lest any bers. violation of the rules of the house should be apparent on
the face of them; in which case it is their duty not to offer Regarding them to the house. If the Speaker observes, or any member Petitions actions brought
takes notice of, any irregularity, the member having charge ceived, against
of the petition does not bring it up, but returns it to the members for the ob- petitioners. If any irregularity escapes detection at this jected. serance of this duty, time, but is discovered when the petition is further exsee p. 86.
amined, no entry of its presentation appears in the votes.
Up to this point the practice of the Lords and Commons Presenta-
on receiving an intimation of the practice, he postponed the ceremony until the next day.
1 96 C. J. 159 ; 104 ib. 154; 105 ib. 160; 109 ib. 160; 111 ib. 102.
: 93 ib. 236; 100 ib. 335; 103 ib.
633; 116 ib. 364 (as containing libel-
3 95 ib. 193; 122 ib. 345,