§ On the Order of the Day for going into committee on the Customs Acts,
§ Sir H. Douglas
said, that seeing the right hon Member for Dungarvon in his 512 place, he would take the opportunity of saying a few words with respect to a petition which he had presented on Tuesday evening. The right hon. Gentleman appeared on that occasion to doubt the authenticity of the signatures, because several of them appeared in the same handwriting. He had since made inquiries, and had received a letter from Mr. Crisp, stating that the signatures were duly authorized by the parties whose names were attached to the petition.
§ Sir R. Peel
wished to know whether it was consistent with the rules of the House that public business should be thus stopped. This delay with respect to the tariff was very inconvenient, and he was resolved to take advantage of every rule which would enable him to proceed with it.
§ The Speaker
said, that any observations made on proposing to read an Order of the Day should, properly speaking, have reference to the Order, though of late a practice had arisen of deviating from this rule.