HC Deb 08 March 1882 vol 267 cc440-1

Before the House adjourns, I wish to ask you, Sir, a Question on a point of Order. It is this—Whether, when the return of Colonel Miles (the newly-elected Member for Malmesbury) has been communicated to the House in the usual way, it will be competent for any Member to make a Motion dealing with that return before Colonel Miles comes to the Table, as was done by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for North Devonshire (Sir Stafford Northcote) before the duly elected Member for Northampton came to the Table?


Before you answer the Question, Sir, I wish to remind you of an answer you gave to me on Monday, when you said it was time enough to answer such Questions when they came before the House.


In reply to the Question of the hon. Baronet (Sir Wilfrid Lawson), I have to state that no such Motion would be justified, except on grounds public or notorious, or within the cognizance of the House, otherwise it would be simply vexatious.

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