HC Deb 01 April 1884 vol 286 cc1286-7

Sir Arthur Otway, I wish to put a Question to you as to your interpretation of the Resolution passed yesterday, permitting Mr. Bradlaugh to use the Library of the House, but otherwise still subjecting him to the Resolution of the 21st of February. As Mr. Bradlaugh has repudiated the Resolution of the 21st of February, I wish to know whether you are of opinion that he is precluded from coming within the outer doors of this House, which are kept by the doorkeepers?


There can be no doubt as to the interpretation to be put upon the Resolution which the House came to yesterday. Mr. Bradlaugh, in his letter addressed to the Speaker, requested permission to have access to the Library for certain purposes. The right hon. Gentleman the Member for North Devon (Sir Stafford Northcote) stated that this was a reasonable proposition on the part of Mr. Bradlaugh, and moved to resolve that Mr. Bradlaugh should have access to the Library, but that the Resolution of the 21st of February in all other respects should remain in force. Mr. Bradlaugh has by the terms of that Resolution access to the Library only.