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Parliament—Exclusion Of Strangers—Sessional Order

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1876

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moved for the renewal of the Sessional Order made last Session, providing that Strangers be excluded on the Motion of any hon. Member only upon a division, to be taken without discussion or Amendment, stating that the concurrence of opinion on both sides of the House, which had been ascertained, was that the Order should not be made, as had first been proposed, a Standing Order.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Order of the 31st day of May 1875, relative to the Exclusion of Strangers, be made a Sessional Order."—( Mr. Disraeli.)

said, he did not desire to take a course that was unreasonable or unfair; but as there was no urgent necessity, and as they could not have the matter reported in the public Press, he thought it would be better to move the adjournment of the debate.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Debate be now adjourned."—( Mr. Rylands.)

thought a Motion which involved the honour, and to some extent the interest, of a Gentleman who had a seat in that Assembly, should not be debated at that hour, and therefore he was sure that the right hon. Gentleman opposite, whose conduct was always marked by a sense of fairness, would allow this debate to be adjourned until the collateral points could be discussed.

said, that was a mistake. The other Motion by the hon. Member for Londonderry (Mr. Lewis) now stood as a separate Motion, and had nothing to do with his.

objected to the Motion being agreed to without full debate and consideration. If carried it would be fatal to freedom of discussion, and would be an encroachment on the privileges of hon. Members. It would establish a precedent for carrying a Motion without debate. He had an Amendment to propose.

I was not aware that the hon. and learned Gentleman was going to move an Amendment, otherwise I should not have pressed the matter. I have no objection to the adjournment of the debate.

Motion agreed to.

Debate adjourned, till Tuesday 13th June.

Friendly Societies Act (1875) Amendment Bill

On Motion of Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Bill to amend "The Friendly Societies Act, 1875," ordered to be brought in by Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mr. William Henry Smith.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 177.]

Public Health (Ireland) Bill

On Motion of Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, Bill for consolidating and amending the Acts relating to Public Health in Ireland, ordered to be brought in by Sir Michael Hicks-Beach and Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 178.]

House adjourned at half after One o'clock till Thursday.