HC Deb 31 July 1888 vol 329 c960

In view of the fact that no discussion or debate will be in Order upon the Notice of Motion which the right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Treasury has given with regard to the suspension of the Standing Order in reference to the debate standing adjourned on the Members of Parliament (Charges and Allegations) Bill at 12 o'clock, I beg to give Notice that when he moves his Notice I shall divide the House against the Motion as a protest against the attempt to continue the discussion on an important matter of this kind when the House has been at work for nine hours, and during hours when it is impossible for the public to know what has taken place.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings on the Members of Parliament (Charges and Allegations) Bill, if under discussion at Twelve o'clock this night, be not interrupted under the Standing Order, 'Sittings of the House.'"—(Mr. William Henry Smith.)

The House divided:—Ayes 231; Noes 159: Majority 72.—(Div. List, No. 249.)