HC Deb 26 May 1909 vol 5 cc1198-9

May I raise a question, Sir, as to the rights and privileges of the Members of this House? In common with other Members I balloted for seats in the Ladies' Gallery. I was successful in obtaining two seats for to-day. I find that there is a notice printed on the ticket: "This ticket is only available for the relative of a Member to whom it is issued." Can you, Sir, define what is the degree of affinity which constitutes the relative of a Member? Is it consanguinity alone that is the qualification?


I must decline altogether the task that the hon. Member imposes upon me. I must leave it to the conscience of every Member to say in what relationship the lady stands to him.