Standing Orders

Private Business – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Sir Charles MacAndrew Sir Charles MacAndrew , Bute and North Ayrshire 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

I beg to move, That Standing Order 39 (Deposit of copies of bills at Treasury and other public departments, etc.) relative to Private Business be amended in line 28 by leaving out the word "or" and after the word "Ghana" inserting the words "or the Federation of Malaya". The object of the Amendment is to bring the Standing Order up to date by the inclusion of the Federation of Malaya in the Standing Order.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

May I ask the Chairman of Ways and Means a question on this Amendment? As the Standing Orders were printed in 1956—

Photo of Sir Charles MacAndrew Sir Charles MacAndrew , Bute and North Ayrshire

Order. This is unopposed Private Business. If the hon. and gallant Member desires to oppose it, I shall have to postpone it.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

I do not wish to oppose at all, but I wish for an explanation. I wish to ask the Chairman of Ways and Means if he is aware that the Standing Orders as printed do not at the moment include the word "Ghana," but this Amendment proposes to leave out the word "Ghana". I wonder if the Chairman of Ways and Means could explain.

Photo of Sir Charles MacAndrew Sir Charles MacAndrew , Bute and North Ayrshire

This year on 28th March an Amendment was agreed to by the House to put "Ghana" in. Since then Standing Orders have not been reprinted and therefore it is not in, but ought to be put in by hon. Members themselves in manuscript.

Question put and agreed to.