HL Deb 19 March 1907 vol 171 cc598-9

House in Committee (according to order).

[The Earl of Onslow in the Chair.]


My Lords, I do not rise with any intention of discussing this Bill, but I should like to refer to the last clause as a matter for the consideration of the Lord Chancellor. The clause is found in every Divorce Bill and the effect of it is that the party who is incriminated and has been guilty of misconduct is forbidden to marry a particular person. I believe the clause is inserted in consequence of a Standing Order.


No, it is not a Standing Order.


I had been informed that it was. At any rate, the clause is invariably found in every Bill of this kind, and is as invariably struck out in the Committee stage. I think it is worthy of consideration by the Lord Chancellor whether some procedure might not be taken to end that inconvenient practice.


My noble friend is quite right in saying that this clause is always put in and always struck out. I do not know the reason for its insertion; it is lost in the mist of antiquity. It is obvious that the clause ought not to be inserted, and I now beg to move its omission.

Amendment moved, "That the last clause be omitted."—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Bill reported, with an Amendment to the House.

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