HC Deb 23 May 1898 vol 58 cc519-20

reported from the Select Committee appointed to consider the circumstances relating to the attendance of this House at the funeral of the late right honourable William Ewart Gladstone on 28th May; That they had considered the matter to them referred, and had agreed to the following Report:—

Your Committee are informed that the Earl Marshal has arranged to provide places in the South Transept of Westminster Abbey for Members desiring to attend the funeral of Mr. Gladstone on 28th May.

Your Committee recommend that Members should attend in mourning dress; that each Member should be admitted by ticket; and that Members desiring places should send in their names to Mr. Speaker's Secretary by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 25th May. That provision should be made in the front seats for Mr. Speaker, the Chairman of Ways and Means, Ministers, ex-Ministers, and Privy Councillors; and that officers should attend at the entrance of the Abbey and inside, to prevent unauthorised persons entering the seats reserved for the use of Members.

They further recommend that Members attending should assemble in the House an hour before the time fixed for the funeral; and that Mr. Speaker do make such provision as may appear to him necessary for the orderly arrangement of the procession of Members to the Abbey.

That the Clerks and Officers of the House, not exceeding 35 in number, shall be permitted to accompany the Members of the House, and have tickets issued to them accordingly.

Report to lie upon the Table.

House adjourned at 3.40.