HC Deb 13 February 1968 vol 758 c1156
Mr. Speaker

I have a short statement to make to the House.

It is one of my duties to direct the attention of the House, when occasion arises, to a breach of its ancient and undoubted privileges in Bills brought from the other place. In the case of the Trade Descriptions Bill [Lords], which stands among the Orders of the Day for Second Reading, my attention has been drawn to Clause 39(5).

A Money Resolution now stands on the Order Paper to validate the financial conditions contained in that Clause. By allowing those financial provisions to remain in a public Bill sent down from the Lords, Commons privilege has been infringed.

My Ruling is that, as the provision infringes the privileges of this House, the Bill should, in accordance with precedent, be laid aside.

Question, That the Bill be laid aside—[Mr. Grey]—put and agreed to.

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