§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury what precedents are there for the refusal of the Government to give facilities for the discussion of the judicial conduct of a judge which forms the subject of a special Motion placed on the Paper of the House of Commons.† And, whether, having regard to the fact that criticism of the conduct of a judge is forbidden by the Orders of the House except in discussion of a specific Motion for that purpose, and that the Motion now on the Paper of the House embodies a distinct censure of a learned judge, the right hon. Gentleman will consider the propriety of giving facilities for the discussion of the Motion, or of instituting a Motion for the removal of the Motion relating to the conduct of the learned judge from the Notice Paper, when the reasons on which that Motion is grounded could be shown.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I have not had an opportunity of examining precedents, as the Notice only appeared on the Paper this morning. I am not aware, indeed, that there is any precedent. I do not remember any in my parliamentary time.