HC Deb 04 March 1853 vol 124 c1070

said: In answering the question which was put to me yesterday by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Droitwich (Sir J. Pakington), I have to state that the Prorogation of Convocation is totally different in its nature and effects from a Prorogation of Parliament. It is the act of the Archbishop, and has the same effect as an adjournment. In fact, there is no such term, I believe, as "adjournment" known to Convocation, and the adjournment of that body has always taken the shape and form of a prorogation. Consequently, the prorogation did not prevent the appointment of a Committee; and the Law Officers of the Crown have found several, if not many, instances of Committees being appointed on the eve of a prorogation. Therefore there can be no doubt as to the legality of the course pursued by the upper house of Convocation. I need hardly add that it is not the intention of Her Majesty's Government to take any measures on the subject.