HC Deb 25 April 1876 vol 228 cc1633-4

said, he had given Notice of the following Question:—To ask the hon. Member for Dundalk, Whether he intends to bring on the Motion for a Select Committee to inquire as to the conduct of the hon. Member for North Warwickshire with respect to the Chatham Petition, of which he has given Notice for to-day; and, if so, whether he expects that the Motion will come on before half-past Twelve to-night. A sort of answer had been received to that Question. The following telegram had been placed in his hands by the Clerk at the Table on reaching the House:—"Missed the train for mail-boat this morning. Please inform MR. Newdegate, and place my Notice for the first open Tuesday—say this day fortnight, May 9."That was from the hon. and learned Member for Dundalk (Mr. Callan). As that was a matter personal to himself, inasmuch as his conduct was impugned by the Notice which stood in the name of the hon. and learned Member—he begged most respectfully to call the attention of the House to the fact that, by the Speaker's decision on the 11th instant, he was by this Motion remaining on the Paper—and as long as it was there—precluded from making the explanation which he desired to offer to the House in this matter. He hoped the House would excuse him for making those observations.


said, the hon. and learned Member had done everything in his power to warn the hon. Member for North Warwickshire, and he thought it would be in the recollection of the House that every possible effort was made by the hon. and learned Member to bring on the question before the Recess. No one would be more sorry than the hon. and learned Member for the delay that must occur.