HC Deb 30 March 1886 vol 304 c261

MR. PRESTON BRUCE (Fifeshire, W.) (for Sir GEORGE GRANT) moved for— Returns of the names and designations of the members of the Board of Supervision in Scotland, distinguishing such as are members ex officio; of the number of meetings of the Board relating to the Poor Law held during the years from 1876 to 1885, both inclusive; and, of the number of members present at each such meeting (in continuation of Parliamentary Paper, No. 304, of Session 1876).

MR. SEXTON (Sligo, S.)

I wish to ask you, Mr. Speaker, as a point of Order, whether it is right for one hon. Member to move for a Return which appears on the Paper in the name of another hon. Member?


I understand that the Return has received the consent of the Government, and is unopposed. It is, therefore, quite competent for one hon. Member to move for it, as an unopposed Return, on behalf of another hon. Member.

MR. T. M. HEALY (Londonderry, S.)

Then, Sir, will it be possible in the future for one hon. Gentleman to get another to move for an opposed Return which stands in his name?


That would be a different case. I find that this Motion is made with the consent of the Government, and the Return is moved for as an unopposed Return.


All Returns moved for at this hour are unopposed.


If the Motion were opposed, or not granted as an unopposed Return, it would be necessary to postpone it until the close of the evening.

Motion agreed to.