§ Mr. Hector Hughes
I wish to raise a point of order on a different question from that which we have been discussing and one—[Interruption.]
§ Mr. Hughes
Last Tuesday, at the appropriate time for Private Business, the Brighton Corporation Bill was duly presented according to the rules of the House for Second Reading. Also according to the rules of the House, I objected to it.
Looking at HANSARD I see there is not a word about the objection. If it be the rule of the House that such objections are not recorded in HANSARD I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that you refer it to the appropriate Committee with a view to having a change made so that such objections are duly recorded. In the absence of such a record, the HANSARD is incomplete.
§ Mr. Speaker
I was not previously apprised of the point of order, but I have been advised on it.
As the House knows, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to identify the Member or, in many cases, the chorus of Members, who are shouting "Object" to a particular proceeding.
HANSARD does it best to record the collective objections raised to Private Members' Bills on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, but it is not the practice to record objections to Private legislation taken at the beginning of the day. At 232 that hour Bills may be opposed either by verbal objection, or by a Motion placed upon the paper under the terms of Standing Order No. 7(3), so there are two methods by which a Private Bill, as distinct from a Private Member's Bill, may be opposed. I think that this procedure is clear enough for all practical purposes.
The hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes) has this afternoon made it clear to all concerned that he objects to the further progress of the Brighton Corporation Bill, and I think that he must rest content with that.