SELECTED SESSIONAL ORDERS WHICH HAVE BEEN
Ordered, That the Serjeant at Arms attending
this House do, from time to time, take into his Custody any Stranger
or Strangers that he shall see, or be informed of to be, in the
House or Gallery, while the House, or any Committee of the House,
This Order, which was in fact not carried out,
at least by the early years of the 19th century, as Strangers
were usually admitted to the Gallery on payment of a fee, was
converted to a Standing Order in 1852, with a change to refer
to such parts of the House or Gallery reserved for Members, and
to Strangers who misconduct themselves during a Sitting or do
not withdraw when required to do so. It is now SO No 162 (Duties
of the Serjeant at Arms in respect of strangers).
Ordered, That no Member of this House
shall presume to bring any stranger into any part of the House
or gallery appropriated to the Members of this House while the
House, or a committee of the whole House, is sitting.
This Order was also converted into a Standing
Order in 1852 and remains unchanged as SO No 163 (Places to which
strangers are not admitted).
That to prevent the intercepting or losing of
Letters directed to Members of this House, the person appointed
to bring Letters from the General Post Office to the House, or
some other person to be appointed by the Postmaster General, do
for the future, every day during the Session of Parliament, Sundays
excepted, constantly attend, from Ten of the Clock in the morning
till Seven in the afternoon, at the place appointed for the delivery
of the said Letters, and take care during his stay there, to deliver
the same to the several Members to whom they shall be directed
or to their known servant or servants, or other persons bringing
notes under the names of the Members sending for the same.
That the said Officer do, upon his going away,
lock up such Letters as shall be remain undelivered; and that
no Letter be delivered but within the hours aforesaid.
That the said Orders be sent to the Postmaster
General at the commencement of each Session.
That, when any Letter or Packet directed to this
House, shall come to Mr Speaker, he do open the same; and acquaint
the House, at their next sitting, with the contents thereof, if
proper to be communicated to the House.
These were also converted into Standing Orders
in 1852, but were repealed as obsolete in 1996 on the recommendation
of the Procedure Committee, except for the third Order, which
was repealed in 1933.
Resolved, That no Peer of the Realm, except
a Peer of Ireland, hath any right to give his vote in the Election
of any Member to serve in the Parliament.
This (the exception for Peers of Ireland was
introduced in 1964 in line with the Peerage Act 1963) was
abolished in 2000 following the passing of the House of Lords
Reform Act 1999. Peers with seats in the House of Lords are still
disqualified from voting under common law.
Ordered, That the Votes and Proceedings
of this House be printed, being first perused by the Speaker,
and that she do appoint the printing thereof; and that no person
but such as she shall appoint do presume to print the same.
That the Journal of this House, from the end
of the last Session to the end of the present Session, with an
Index thereto, be printed.
Ordered, That the said Journal be printed
by the appointment and under the direction of . . ., the Clerk
of this House.
Ordered, That the said Journal and Index
be printed by such person as shall be licensed by the Speaker,
and that no other person do presume to print the same.
The part of the first Order relating to "appointing"
the printing of the Votes and Proceedings, and the other three
Orders, were discontinued in 2000, to recognise that the appointment
of a printer (currently The Stationery Office Ltd) is now arranged
by contract signed by the Clerk of the House. House publications
now enjoy the protection of the copyright law, and there is no
need for any sessional order to protect them from pirating.
7 A limited exception had existed since 1802 for peers
of Ireland currently elected to the House of Commons for a seat
in Great Britain. Back