HC Deb 10 June 1880 vol 252 cc1606-7

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in view of the grave importance of the questions involved as affecting the constitution of Parliament, and the relations of the State and Religion in this country, he will deem it his duty to move for a call of the House to consider the Report of the Committee on the Parliamentary Oath?


The practice of making calls of the House has gone very much out of use, and that is in a great degree due to the fact that when a question of great interest and importance is coming forward for discussion there has been shown so laudable and patriotic a desire on the part of the great mass of Members of the House to be in their places for the purpose of considering it. I have no reason to believe there is likely to be a need for a call of the House on the occasion to which the hon. Member refers. At the same time, of course it remains open, I believe, for the hon. Member, or anyone else, to raise the question if he should think fit to do so.