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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr SPEAKER - I take it that the question of the noble lord is whether the closure can be moved after a speech has been made on a general subject or after reasons given for moving it. As far as I recollect, a similar question was raised in August, 1887, when a right honorable gentleman made a long and necessarily controversial speech, and at the end of it moved the closure. The honorable and learned member for Louth raised the point, and I then told the honorable and learned member that the question had been settled by former precedents, and that it was competent for an honorable member at the close of a speech to move the closure. But after an experience of many years, 1 am bound to say that for an honorable member to make a controversial speech and then to move the closure is scarcely in conformity with the spirit of the rule, because such a courseshuts out an answer to his speech being given.

I wish to have that extract placed on record in order that the precedent getby the Prima Minist er (Mr. Hughes) this afternoon may not he followed on any other occasion ; and I hope, if it he followed, that Parliament will give to it just as effective a reply as it gave to-day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 11.1 p.m.

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