HC Deb 18 February 1919 vol 112 cc735-6

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has received a Report from the Privy Council advising the removal of the names of the Dukes of Albany and Cumberland from the roll of the British Peerage; if so, when such Report was received; and what steps have been taken to give effect to it?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

The Report of the Committee appointed under the Titles Deprivation Act was laid before Parliament on the 15th October last, but, a dissolution intervening, the Statutory requirements in regard to it could not be completed. The Report was laid again before both Houses on the 11th instant.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this Report rested on the Table of the House thirty-nine days of last Parliament, and, in view of the circumstances that only forty days are required, is it really necessary that the names of these ignoble Dukes should still appear on the roll of the Peerage?


It is certainly a curiosity that only one day is needed to make the law binding, but I do not think we should treat Acts of Parliament as if days do not matter.

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