Irish Free State Constitutionbill.

– in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Considered in Committee.

[Mr. JAMES HOPE in the Chair.]

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

Before we enter on the Committee Stage of this Bill, I should like to say a word or two on a matter of order. Clause 1 of this Bill gives the force of law to all the Articles set forth in the Schedules of the Bill, which are Schedules of an Irish Act. These are specific documents. Any alterations made in them would be inconsistent with the description in Clause 1. It therefore follows that, if Clause 1 be once passed, no Amendment to either of the Schedules of the Bill would be possible. If, therefore, any Member wishes to amend either of the Schedules he must do so by way of addition or proviso to Clause 1.