§ The Lord President of the Council and the Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. John Biffen)
I beg to moveThat the Order [19th April], That Mr. Speaker do issue his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown to make out a new Writ for the electing of a Member to serve in this present parliament for the Borough Constituency of Cardiff, North West, in the room of Michael Hilary Arthur Roberts, Esquire, deceased, be discharged.An explanation, Mr. Speaker, is necessary. The purpose of the motion is to take account of the changed circumstances since the House approved the previous order on 19 April. This Parliament will be dissolved in three days' time, at which point the by-election writ would automatically be overtaken. Therefore, it is sensible and in everybody's interest that the writ should not now be issued.
§ Question put and agreed to.