HC Deb 25 February 1841 vol 56 cc1023-4
Mr. Kelly

said, that, understanding the Orders of the Day had been called on, and that the noble Lord had chosen which of the Orders of the Day should have the priority, he (Mr. Kelly) would take the liberty of stating that it had been certainly his intention, in case the Order of the Day for the second reading of the bill for the Abolition of the Punishment of Death had been called on, to have moved the second reading of that bill, in the hope that it would suit the convenience of the House, and to allow that bill to be read a second time pro forma. He wished to ask if the noble Lord the Secretary for the Colonies had a right to fix which of the Orders of the Day should be proceeded with.

The Speaker

said, that according to the rules of the House, the Orders of the Day for Wednesday were proceeded with in the regular order in which they stood: that on Mondays and Fridays the Government Orders had precedence, and that there was no precise rule for Thursdays.

Lord John Russell

said, that he could not allow the second reading of the bill of which the hon. Member had made mention, to pass without making opposition to it. If, however, the second reading were carried he would give no opposition to it in its next stage.