HC Deb 09 July 1861 vol 164 c630

desired to know whether he might be allowed to propose a Motion, of which he had given Notice, for the adjournment of the House on its rising over to-morrow, when the Queen's birthday was to be kept?


said, the Notice was only given a few minutes before the rising of the House at four o'clock that afternoon; and that was, in point of fact, no notice at all. The rule of the House for the last forty years had been that one day's Notice of a Motion was required; indeed, Mr. Speaker Abbott had declared, that he considered Notice to be an established rule of the House in his day, which it would be his duty to maintain until he should be otherwise directed by the House. He (the Speaker) considered it his duty to maintain a rule supported by uninterrupted usage from that time, and to inform the hon. Member that it would not be in order for him to propose the Motion, of which no sufficient Notice had been given.