Order to Attend House.

MR. Horatio Bottomley. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1922.

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Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (Leader of the House):

I beg to move, "That Mr. Horatio Bottomley do attend this House in his place upon Tuesday next."

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.

Photo of Sir Francis Lowe Sir Francis Lowe , Birmingham, Edgbaston

If the hon. Member for South Hackney were adjudicated a bankrupt, would not that, ipso facto, vacate his seat? Were that procedure adopted, would it not be very much better than asking the hon. Member to attend here, and moving a Motion for his expulsion?

Mr. J. JONES:

If it be in order, I would like to ask whether those who used the hon. Member for South Hackney as a political tool will also be summoned to explain their conduct in this House?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

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.

Question put, and agreed to.

Ordered, 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]