HL Deb 04 August 1871 vol 208 cc823-4

, in proposing as an addition to the Standing Orders— That when a Bill brought from the House of Commons shall have remained on the Table of this House for twelve sitting days without any Lord giving notice of the Second Reading thereof, such Bill shall not any longer appear in the Minutes, and shall not be further proceeded with in the same Session, said, his object was to remedy the unfortunate habit of letting Bills remain on the Paper for weeks and taking them up late in the Session, when nobody was prepared to discuss them. An instance of this occurred yesterday, for it would have been much more satisfying had the House of Commons (Witnesses) Bill been proceeded with earlier.


said, he had no objection to the Motion, and believed that it would make the Departments of the Government more attentive to the progress of their Bills.

Motion agreed to.

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