HC Deb 27 April 1843 vol 68 cc1001-2
Mr. Lane Fox

gave notice that on the 1lth of May, he should move a resolution with a view to put a stop to the agitation for the repeal of the union, and to call on the Government, if it have not sufficient power to attain that end, to ask for the necessary power. He should, on the same day, move that the House be called over. He had waited for the hon. Member for Cork, but not seeing him in the House, he now gave these notices.

Sir R. Inglis

would, on the same day, submit a motion to the House to consider some plan with a view to prevent the indecorous rivalry of Members on both sides of the House trying to get the start of each other in giving notices of motion. At the same time, in the name of his hon. Friend, the Member for Newcastle-under-Lyne, he gave notice for a motion on May the 11th, on the subject of Tahiti.

Mr. T. Duncombe

begged to call the attention of the House to a point of order. The hon. Baronet, the Member for Oxford, had adverted to the indecorous rivalry of hon. Members to give notices, and had given notice of a motion on the subject. The hon. Baronet had, at the same time, given notice of a motion for another hon. Member who was in the House; and he believed, that such a proceeding was contrary to the rules of the House. In doing this, he would not say, that the hon. Baronet had been actuated by any indecorous spirit, but the hon. Baronet had, by giving a notice of his own, endeavoured, he thought, to steal a march on other hon. Members. He begged to ask the Speaker whether one hon. Member could give a notice for another when that other hon. Member was in his place?

Sir R. Inglis

was not aware, when he gave a notice for his hon. Friend, that his hon. Friend was in the House. His hon. Friend had written to him from the country, and he was not aware that in giving his notice he was violating any rule.

The Speaker

explained, that it was the practice for one hon. Member not to give notice for another hon. Member, when that other was present. If present, he must act for himself, and not by another. He thought it would be advisable that some rule should be adopted with a view of securing order and regularity in giving notices. He knew no better plan than of hon. Members putting down their names, and drawing lots for precedence before five o'clock.

Mr. Hume

recommended, having recourse to the ballot, as formerly.

The subject at an end, the notice given by Sir R. Inglis having been withdrawn.

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