§ Order for Committee read.
§ [Sir E. CLARKE took the Chair.]
§ (In the Committee.)
§ Clause agreed to.259
§ Clause 2.
The Question is that Section 2 stand part of the Bill. The hon. Member can now move to report Progress.
§ MR. CONYBEARE
I did not move that, but I said I objected to Clause 1 being put and carried. I objected, and the Chairman had no business to say— [Cries of "Order !"]
(2.11.) THE CHAIRMAN
When I put the Question, "That Clause 1 stand part of the Bill," if any hon. Member had said "No," it would have been my duty to leave the Chair, but no one did so. [Cries of "Yes."] Do I understand that the hon. Member now moves to report Progress?
§ DR. TANNER
Usually at such an hour—that is to say, after 12 o'clock —when anyone "objects" the Chairman of Committees, when he is presiding, explains to the hon. Member that such an objection is not valid, but that it is possible for him to prevent the passage of the clause by moving to report Progress. That is the method of procedure adopted by the Chairman of Committees; but on this occasion you, Sir, put the clause and declared it carried in the face of objection, though it was probably made out of form and by mistake.
The Question now before the Committee is, "That Clause 2 stand part of the Bill." I put that Question, and if any lion. Member says "No" I at once leave the Chair.
§ (2.12.) MR. CONYBEARE
As you put Clause 1, in face of my opposition, I want to know what remedy we have and 260 how we can go back to that clause, so as to state our objection to it on some other occasion. I wished to oppose the clause, but I objected altogether to going on with the Bill at this hour. I desire to be informed whether we shall have any opportunity of discussing Clause 1?
§ (2.13.) MR. WADDY (Lincolnshire, Brigg)
The moment Clause 1 was put several Members said "No" [Cries of "Name."]
§ MR. BRUNNER
Several hon. Members around me said the same, although it may not have reached the Chair.
(2.14.) THE CHAIRMAN
There is no question of order now before the Committee. When I first put the Question there was no negative. Progress has now been moved; therefore, in accordance with the Rules, I now leave the Chair.
§ Committee report Progress; to sit again upon Monday next.