§ (2.25.) MR. JOSEPH A. PEASE (Essex, Saffron Walden)
rose to present a petition from the Durham County Council relating to the Education Bill, and to move that it be read at the Table.
§ Mr. JOSEPH A. PEASE
May I submit, sir, that under Standing Order 79 such a petition may be brought to the Table by the direction of the Speaker, who shall not allow any debate, or any Member to speak upon or in relation to such petition, but it may be read by the Clerk at the Table if required. I beg to say I do require this petition to be read by the Clerk at the Table, and I may add that I do not think the new Rules have repealed this Standing Order.
§ MR. SPEAKER
Perhaps I did not make myself understood. I ought not to have called upon the hon. Member 1358 to present the petition at all after a quarter past two o'clock. At a quarter past two o'clock Questions are taken, and the hon. Member was too late by the accident of there being a Royal Commission.
§ MR. JOSEPH A. PEASE
Then is it not possible, Sir, under the now Rule for a Member of the House to present a petition under the old arrangement? Suppose the Lord Mayor of Dublin was to present himself at the bar with a petition, would be precluded presenting it under the new Rule?
MR. GIBSON BOWLES (Lynn Regis)
On a point of order, may I ask whether notices of new Sessional Orders, Petitions, notices of Motion, and so forth can only be proceeded with before a quarter past two o'clock? I desire to give notice of a Motion, and I wish to know whether I shall be prevented by the action of the clock.
§ MR. SPEAKER
I think when the Clock reaches a quarter past two I ought to begin Questions. If I am prevented by a Royal Commission, I ought to begin as soon as possible after.