HC Deb 06 June 1842 vol 63 c1312

On the motion that the House do adjourn,

Mr. Mackenzie

wished to say a few words on a matter personal to himself. When the House was about to divide, he and an hon. and gallant Friend near him was thrust back by the Serjeant-at-Arms. The door was not shut, and he was on the step when he was violently pushed back by the Serjeant-at-Arms. He wished to know whether it was a proper proceeding thus to exclude Members who had been anxiously waiting in the House to divide? It would be utterly useless for Members to attend, if the Serjeant-at-Arms were permitted to exclude them in the manner he had described.

The Speaker

said, the question was, whether the hon. Member was in the House when the motion was put from the Chair? If he were in the lobby when the motion was put, he had no right to enter the House.

Mr. Mackenzie

asked, how a Member was to know when a motion was to be put? It would be only common courtesy for the officer of the House to inform Members when the question was put, and not to thrust them back as they were entering the House. This appeared to him to be perfectly monstrous.

House adjourned.