HC Deb 02 December 1867 vol 190 c522

said, that on a previous evening his attention had been called by the hon. Member for Chatham (Mr. Otway) to the form in which the 12th section of the Reform Act had been framed, in which it was provided that the election of Members for the boroughs of Totnes, Great Yarmouth, Lancaster, and Reigate should cease and determine after the Reform Act came into operation. He had since looked into the matter, and found that it was not sufficient to meet a possible case that might arise by a Resolution of that House. He had therefore brought in a short Bill which provided that no writ or warrant should be issued for the election of a Member or Members for these boroughs after the passing of that Act, and that no registration of voters should take place in any of those boroughs.

Bill to forbid the issue of Writs for Members to serve in this present Parliament for the Boroughs of Totnes, Reigate, Great Yarmouth, and Lancaster, ordered to be brought in by Mr. ATTORNEY GENERAL and Mr. SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 20.]

House adjourned at half after Five o'clock.