Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (Leader of the House):
In making this Motion, I feel that the House will not require any long statement from me. I am acting in accordance with what I believe to be the settled tradition and procedure of the House in matters of this kind wish to say only that, if this Motion be carried, I shall at once move a further Motion that the necessary warrant be issued to secure the attendance of the hon. Member for South Hackney, should he desire to attend. The House always makes the Motion for attendance, but that is in the interest of the Member concerned, lest we should do any injustice to him. The-House does not order the authorities in whose custody he may be to bring hire to this House, unless he wish to attend the House.
If the hon. Member for South Hackney be made a bankrupt, that does automatically vacate his seat, after six months: but I imagine that the House, in accordance with precedent, would desire to take the case into early consideration, and might think it neither proper for the House to wait for six months, nor fair to the constituency which the hon. Member represents, were he prevented from attending.
That the Governor of His Majesty's Prison at Wormwood Scrubs do bring the said Horatio Bottomley in custody to this House upon Tuesday next, if the said Horatio Bottomley shall desire to be so brought up, and that Mr. Speaker do issue his warrants to the said Governor and to the Sergeant-at-Arms attending this House, accordingly."—[Mr. Chamberlain]