§ MR. SEXTON, (Belfast, W.)
I wish, Sir, with your permission, to ask a Question on a matter arising out of the suspension of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for North Longford (Mr. T. M. Healy). On Friday last my hon. and learned Friend sought admission to this Chamber, and was informed that he could only be admitted to the Strangers' Gallery. I wish to ask whether a suspended Member, during the period of his suspension, is regarded as a stranger, and, if so, whether he is to be regarded as a distinguished stranger; and, whether, Sir, he is eligible for admission to any part of the Chamber usually reserved for persons who are not Members of the House?
§ MR. SPEAKER
In reply to the hon. Gentleman, I have to say that when an hon. Member of this House is suspended from the service of the House, the doorkeepers, acting under general orders, exclude that Member from entering within the outer doors of this Chamber. As a matter of custom, it has been usual to allow the hon. Member so suspended to sit in the Strangers' Gallery. I can assure the hon. Gentleman there has been no distinction made between this case and other previous cases of suspended Members.