HC Deb 23 March 1858 vol 149 cc573-4

said, he would beg to ask the right hon. Baronet the Member for Carlisle, who was the Chairman of a Committee which had sat recently upon a matter affecting the privileges of that House, whether he intends calling the attention of the House to the circumstances which transpired upon that inquiry, or to recommend to the House the adoption of any course which will for the future clearly define the circumstances under which a Member of that House might accept a reward for advocating the interests of persons out of it.


Sir, the hon. Baronet was so kind as to notify to me a few minutes ago his intention to ask the question which he has just put. In reference to the past, I have, as Chairman of that Committee, no instruction from them to make any proposition to the House. With respect to the future, individually, I have no such intention. Hon. Members have probably read the evidence, and it will be open to any hon. Gentleman to submit any proposition with respect to the future which on the whole he may think conducive to the honour of this House and to the observance of its privileges.