§ Messengers from the House of Commons brought up the bill for the better protection of her Majesty's Person.
§ The Duke of Wellington
said, that he Would now propose to their Lordships that this bill be read a first time. To-morrow he should mote the second reading of the bit] and should also submit that the standing orders be suspended in order to facilitate its passing into law.
did not, of course, rise to oppose the progress of this bill, but he wished to give notice, that in committee he should propose to introduce some words for the purpose of supplying what he conceived an omission, in the want of a provision to meet a case where no attempt was made, but where a person came into her Majesty's presence with arms, destructive instruments, or any explosive matter, or thing not exhibited, but with intent to make use of the same against the Queen, her life, or person.
The Lord Chancellor,
of course, could not be expected to give at the moment any opinion upon the subject of such a clause; but he would promise the noble Lord, that his suggestion should meet with consideration, and he had no doubt but that such an arrangement would be made as would secure for bill the unanimous concurrence of the House.
§ Bill read a first time.