HC Deb 19 March 1840 vol 52 c1247
Sir Edward Sugden

rose to express a hope, that the circumstance of his being absent from the House at the instant that his name was called by the Speaker, would not deprive him of the opportunity of submitting the motion of which he had given notice, relative to the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords. His temporary absence from the House was occasioned simply by his desire to escape from a division upon a question which he did not understand.

Mr. Hume

thought, that the rule of the House was imperative. The right hon. Gentleman's name had been called not once, but twice. If he were not present to reply to it, he must endure the consequence.

Sir Edward Sugden

again explained the cause of his absence, declaring that he had again entered the House as soon as possible after the division.

The Speaker observed that the invariable rule of the House was, that if a Member were not present to respond to his name, when it was called from the chair, his turn for submitting any motion he might have placed upon the paper was lost. In the present instance he was sure the House would bear witness that the right hon. Gentleman's name had not been called with any haste. After the numbers of the division had been declared, he had called upon the right hon. Gentleman twice. If the right hon. Gentleman were not in his place to answer to the call, he was afraid, that according to the rule of the House, the right hon. Gentleman had lost his turn.

This incidental discussion dropped.