HC Deb 16 July 1906 vol 160 c1359
SIR CARNE RASCH (Essex, Chelmsford)

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that three hon. Members spoke continuously for four hours and thirty-five minutes on Thursday, leaving two hours and twenty-five minutes for 666 Members; and if he will consider the circumstance in framing his Rules of Procedure.


I think we cannot complete a new scheme of Rules of Procedure without dealing with the question of the length of speeches. But an hon. Member may take more than his share of the time of the House quite as well by frequent speeches as by long speeches, and I hope the hon. and gallant Member does not mean to imply, although his Question might be read in that sense, that the rules should provide for all the 670 Members speaking on the same subject.