HC Deb 11 March 1881 vol 259 cc889-90

11th March, 1881.

Committees of Supply and Ways and Means.

1. That when certain Votes in Committees of Supply and Ways and Means have been declared urgent, and such Committees have precedence, by any Standing Order, or by any Resolution of the House, agreed to upon a Motion made, after Notice, by a Minister of the Crown, put forthwith, and decided by a majority of three to one; on the Order of the Day being read for either of the said Committees, Mr. Speaker shall forthwith leave the Chair, without putting any Question; and the House shall thereupon resolve itself into such Committee.

2. That, in lieu of the customary forms of procedure in the Committees of Supply and Ways and Means, when certain Votes have been declared urgent, the general rules of the House concerning the proposal of Questions and Amendments be observed in such Committees.

3. That while any Vote, declared urgent, is before the Committee, Questions confined to matters of fact, in relation to such Vote, may be answered by a Minister, in charge of the Estimates, without affecting his right to speak generally to the Question before the Committee.

4. That if it shall appear to the Chairman, during any Debate, when certain Votes have been declared urgent, to be the general sense of the Committee, that the Question be now put, he may so inform the Committee; and on a Motion being made "That the Question be now put," the Chairman shall forthwith put such Question; and if the same be decided in the affirmative, by a majority of three to one, the Question previously under Debate shall be forthwith put from the Chair.

Ordered, That the said Rules be printed. [No. 73.]


further stated, That the House having passed the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Bill, it becomes my duty to declare, in pursuance of the Resolution of the House of the 3rd February, that the state of Public Business is no longer urgent.