HC Deb 01 July 1852 vol 122 cc1431-2

said, he had been informed by an hon. Member that no more Parliamentary papers would be delivered after the House separated to-day. Now, he did hope that all those papers which had been ordered to be printed would be delivered and sent to the Members of the present Parliament. He wished to know from Mr. Speaker whether by his order this course could not be adopted.


said, that his authority would cease in a very few hours. The usual practice had been, after a dissolution of Parliament, that no further papers should be delivered; and if that practice were departed from in the present instance, it could only be by the courtesy of the members of the Government.


said, that it would be very desirable if the Government would take the course suggested.


said, he doubted very much if the Government had authority to comply with the request made; and if they did, he should call upon the hon. Member for Montrose to join him in bringing in a Bill of Indemnity. If the hon. Member wished it, there would be still time to move an Address to the Crown on the subject, and that would facilitate the object which seemed to be desired.


said, it was extremely important that all the papers not yet delivered should be communicated without delay to the public. In compliance with the suggestion made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he would move an Address to that effect.

Resolved— That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that She will be graciously pleased to give directions that all Papers presented to this House, and ordered to be printed, shall, notwithstanding the Dissolution, be delivered to the Members of the present House of Commons.