HC Deb 25 May 1891 vol 353 cc978-9

May I ask whether it is intended to allow Mr. De Cobain, Member for East Belfast, an opportunity of attending in his place, or is it proposed to take action for his expulsion when the First Lord of the Treasury returns? I would suggest that, in addition to a copy of the warrant which has been issued against the hon. Member, and which has been presented to the House, it would be convenient if copies of the depositions were obtainable in some way, or else that a Select Committee, consisting of two or three Members of the House, should satisfy themselves, as a kind of Grand Jury, whether there is a primâ facie case against the hon. Member.


It is the intention of the Government to submit a Motion on the return of my right hon. Friend the First Lord of the Treasury, allowing, according to precedent, a certain time to. Mr. De Cobain to appear in his place in the House. If he does not present himself at the end of that time, then the Government will propose to take such measures as the House may think applicable to the circumstances of the case, after all the precedents have been examined.