HC Deb 06 April 1864 vol 174 cc530-1

informed the House, That the Select Committee appointed to try and determine the merits of the Petitions complaining of an undue Election and Return for the Borough of Lisburn, having met this morning pursuant to adjournment, a protest was entered on behalf of the sitting Member against the competence of the Committee to proceed with the case; whereupon the Committee having heard Counsel for the Petitioners, considered the circumstances of the adjournment of the Committee made from the 22nd day of March last until Tuesday, the 5th day of April, being the day after that to which the House had been adjourned, and came to the conclusion that they are no longer legally empowered as a Committee to proceed further in the matter of the said Petition.

House adjourned at a quarter after Three o'clock.