HC Deb 06 February 1839 vol 45 cc133-5
Mr. Williams Wynn

wished to call the attention of the noble Lord to a question connected with the case of a Gentleman, who, being a Member of this House, had accepted of an office connected with a salary, under an Act of the last Session of Parliament, but had since resigned it, under the opinion that this appointment was of such a nature as to come within the intent and meaning of the statute of Anne. He was desirous of knowing from the noble Lord whether the facts of the case were as he described them; because, if so, he believed that the hon. Member's acceptance of the office in question vacated his seat, and that in consequence the House ought to proceed to issue a new writ forthwith for the place he represented; and he wished to know why the ordinary practice in such cases had in the present instance been departed from. He hoped the noble Lord would have no objection to state to the House all that had passed in this matter, and to lay before the House all the papers connected with the subject in order that it might be aware of all the circumstances, before it proceeded to take any steps in the matter.

Lord John Russell

would certainly not object to give the right hon. Member the fullest information on the subject to which be referred.