HC Deb 12 July 1897 vol 50 c1602

asked the Home Secretary whether he was aware that on the 1st June last an Amendment was moved in Committee on the Workmen's Compensation Bill, which would have had the effect of admitting to the benefits of that Bill persons serving in the army and navy, except when they were on active service; whether he was aware that in speaking on this Amendment the Secretary for the Colonies on behalf of the Government stated that the Government were willing to consider the matter?


Order, order! The hon. Member is out of order in thus referring to the Debates.


On the point of order may I point out that we have reached a point on the report stage of that Bill, when an Amendment dealing with this matter would have to be moved if it be moved at all, and can only be moved by the Government, and on the occasion to which I referred, an undertaking was given that the Government might be able to deal with the matter on the report stage.


The hon. Member is under a mistake in saying that such an Amendment can only be moved by the Government. I understand he is referring to an Amendment which would be out of order because it would increase taxation. That would be out of order on the report stage from whatever portion of the House it was moved.