Reform of Procedure in Parliament to Clear the Block of Public Business

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W.H. Allen & Company, 1882 - 232 pages
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Page 248 - By none ; and if not equal all, yet free, Equally free ; for orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well consist.
Page 55 - April, 1604, rule conceived, that if any man speak impertinently, or beside the question in hand, it stands with the orders of the House for the Speaker to interrupt him, and to show the pleasure of the House, whether they will farther hear him.
Page 118 - Id be divided into Six Grand Committees, consisting of about 110 members each, to whom would be added fifteen or twenty Ministers and others who would be nominated to serve on all the Grand Committees. The members would be distributed by a Committee of Selection, subject to approval by the House, in such a manner as to secure an equal representation of political parties, interests, and classes, in all the Committees ; and at the same time to maintain in each a preponderance of members more particularly...
Page 63 - ... of opponents, though few in number, may, by debating every sentence and word of a bill, and by dividing upon every debate, so obstruct the progress of a bill through Parliament that a whole session may be scarcely long enough for carrying through one measure ; and of course the Irish members on our side, and all the English and Scotch Radicals, would sit from morn till eve, and from eve till dewy morn, to prevent any more stringent law being enacted.
Page 10 - I believe, towards the close of the last century, and the beginning of the present, sent out more living writers, in its proportion, than any other school.
Page 118 - Edinburgh article — should be divided into Six Grand Committees, consisting of about 110 members each, to whom would be added fifteen or twenty Ministers and others who would be nominated to serve on all the Grand Committees. The members would be distributed by a Committee of Selection, subject to approval by the House, in such a manner as to secure an equal representation of political parties, interests, and classes, in all the Committees ; and at the...
Page 55 - On the 19th of May, 1604, Sir William Paddy entering into a long speech, a rule agreed, that, if any man speak not to the matter in question, the Speaker is to moderate." So it is said on the 2d of May, 1610, when a member made what seemed an impertinent speech, and there was much hissing and spitting, "that it was conceived for a rule, that Mr. Speaker may stay impertinent speeches.
Page 120 - ... would be heard without impatience. In each Grand Committee the Government would be represented by its official members, who had charge of any Bill, and by independent members co-operating with them ; and the Opposition and other parties would have equal opportunities of advancing their own opinions. .... Every vote would be open to revision by the House ; and their minutes of proceedings and division lists would show how far they had paid attention to their duties, and were entitled to support....
Page 119 - The main object in view is to invest the deliberations of these committees with as much importance as possible, and to delegate to them the discussion, and, as far as possible, the decision, of questions which now devolve wholly on the House. If this could be accomplished, the labours of the House would be, to that extent, diminished. Perhaps the number of days in the week on which the House would sit might be diminished : at all events the length of the sittings might be curtailed, and the two or...

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