HC Deb 24 May 1875 vol 224 c792

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If the Resolution to suspend the Standing Orders on the 14th in the other House of Parliament for the purpose of passing three stages of the Peace Preservation Act in a single sitting was carried with the concurrence of Her Majesty's Government; and, if it is intended that such a Resolution should form a precedent for the conduct of future legislation?


Sir, there can be no doubt that the Motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders in the other House with respect to the measure referred to by the hon. and gallant Officer was made with the concurrence of Her Majesty's Government by my noble Friend the President of the Council. It will swell the number of precedents of similar proceedings, but it is a precedent on the authority of which it is not at all necessary to rest, because there are numerous precedents of the same kind and even of recent occurrence. There was, for instance, the Cattle Disease Bill in 1866, when the Standing Orders were suspended, and the same process was followed in the House of Lords. There was also the Sugar Duties Bill of 1867. I may also remark that when the Peace Preservation Act was passed by the House of Lords in 1870, the Standing Orders were suspended in a similar manner to that adopted in the present case, and with the same results. I need not remind the House that it is absolutely necessary that this Bill should become law before the 1st of June.