HC Deb 18 April 1907 vol 172 cc1170-1

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the amount of work which, under the proposed amendment of the Standing Orders, will devolve upon the Standing Committees, he will consider the advisability of amending the Standing Order No. 18 so as to apply its provisions, either wholly or in some modified form, to proceedings before such Committees.


I hardly see the connection between the work that will be done by the Standing Committees and the unruly conduct of Members which the hon. Member anticipates. I should have thought that the more work they had to do the less unruly †See (4) Debates, clxxii., 753. they would be. Should the necessity unhappily arise, I should, however, be prepared to consider the hon. Member's suggestion, but the Standing Order to which he refers is not a very convenient weapon seeing that it broke in the hand of the Minister who was forging it and has remained ever since in a truncated condition.

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