HC Deb 23 August 1916 vol 85 cc2696-7

Notwithstanding anything in Section two of the Parliament and Registration Act, 1916, or any other Act, any steps may be taken in September and October for the purpose of the preparation of a new Parliamentary and local government register of electors as are required to be taken under the Acts relating to the registration of electors in April and May.


I beg to move, to agree with the Lords Amendment at the end of the Clause, to insert the words "But should a dissolution of Parliament take place before any Act for the preparation of a new Parliamentary register has been passed and such register has been brought into force, the Parliament so elected shall exist for a period not exceeding two years."


On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. When this Amendment was placed upon the Paper by the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Trinity College, the Chairman of Committees moved that; it was outside the scope of the Bill. I should like to know your ruling, Sir, whether allowing this Amendment to be moved means that any amendment which is outside the scope of a Bill and which cannot be moved in this House, can be inserted in the Bill in another place, either by the Government or by any unofficial Member, and so place that Amendment in order here when it comes down again for review?


I thought I had made that point clear. I have only to repeat what I said in answer to the Prime Minister—that each House has its own Rules of Order. In accordance with the Rules of Order in this House, this Clause could not be inserted, but, according to the Rules of Order in the other place, this provision could be inserted. That is how it comes into the Bill. It is for this House to decide now whether, on the merits of the case, it proposes to accept the Amendment, or whether it disagrees with the Lords.

Question, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment," put, and agreed to.