HC Deb 29 July 1879 vol 248 c1536

Since I came into the House I have received from the Sergeant-at-Arms an envelope containing a Petition from Mr. John Sandilands Ward, who is now in the custody of the Sergeant. It contains, also, a letter addressed to myself, expressing the hope that, as I was Chairman of the Committee that tried the Breach of Privilege question, I should give the Petition my careful consideration, and that I should not consider it inconsistent with my duty to bring that Petition under the notice of the House. I have read the Petition over, and I find that there are certain things in it which ought to be considered. I find that the petitioner entirely submits himself to the House. He expresses his unfeigned sorrow and regret for what has occurred. Under these circumstances, Sir, I think it only right and proper to lay this Petition upon the Table of the House, and to move that it be printed and taken into consideration to-morrow, immediately after the assembling of the House.

Motion agreed to.

Petition to lie upon the Table, and to be printed. [App. 1.]

Petition to be taken into consideration To-morrow,