Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received the following Communication from the Judges selected, in pursuance of The Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868, for the Trial of Election Petitions:—
St. Andrews Election.
Unto the Right Honourable the Speaker of the House of Commons.
We, Andrew Rutherford Clark, Lord Rutherford Clark, and Robert Lee, Lord Lee, two of the Judges of the Court of Session in Scotland, and two of the Judges for the time being for the trial of Election Petitions in Scotland, pursuant to "The Parliamentary Elections Act, 1868," and "The Parliamentary and Corrupt Practices Act, 1879," do hereby certify, That, at the conclusion of the trial of an Election Petition, at the instance of Sir Robert Anstruther, of Balcaskie, Fife, baronet, a candidate at the Election for the St. Andrews District of Burghs in December 1885, praying to have it determined that the double Return made at the said Election was an undue Return within the meaning of the said first-mentioned Act, and that the Petitioner was duly elected, and ought to have been returned as Member for the said District of Burghs, which trial was on the 15th instant, and on this day, holden before us in Edinburgh, we did find and determine that the said Return was an undue Return within the meaning of the said Act, and that the Petitioner, the said Sir Robert Anstruther, baronet, was duly elected, and ought to have been returned as Member for the said St. Andrews District of Burghs.
Given under our hands at Edinburgh, this 16th day of February 1886.
AND. R. CLARK.
The evidence taken at the trial, under the authority of the Shorthand Writer of the House of Commons, is transmitted with the foregoing Certificate. A. R. C.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the Crown do attend this House forthwith with the last Return for the St. Andrews District of Burghs, and amend the same by striking out the name of Stephen Williamson, esquire.
The Clerk of the Crown attending, amended the Return accordingly.