bt bB Sutboritp.
5DAY, 24TH AUGUST, 1950.
His Excellency regrets to announce
that the Colonial Secretary's Office
and allied Offices with all contents,
were completely destroyed by fire on
the morning of Saturday, the 19th
Colonial Secretary's Office,
23rd August, 1950.
The following extract of a telegram
from the Secretary of State for the
Colonies dated 21st August, 1950, is
published for general information:
Greatly regret to learn of fire
please convey my appreciation of
their efforts to Fire Brigade Police
and Voluntary Workers".
Government also desires to add its
appreciation of the splendid efforts of
the Fire Brigade, Police and Volun-
tary Workers in coping not only with
the Secretariat fire but also with that
which a few hours previously des-
troyed the Globe Hotel. The com-
mendable work done by all concerned
resulted in the localizing of fires
which threatened wide disaster.
The orderly and disciplined beha-
viour of the crowd at both fires was
noteworthy and facilitated the work
of the abuve-mentioned bodies.
Colonial Secretary's Office,
22nd August, 1950.
Pending the issue of His Majesty's
Exequatur, S e n o r JOSE GOMIDE,
Junior, has been accorded provisional
recognition as Brazilian Consul de
Carriere in Port-of-Spain with juris-
diction including Trinidad, the Baha-
mas, Jamaica, Windward Islands,
Leeward Islands, Barbados, British
Guiana and British Honduras.
Colonial Secretary's Office,
17th August, 1950.
C.S.O. M.P. SAl.
Appointments and transfers, etc,
in the public service, with effect from
the dates stated, are published for
OSBORNE, J. R. P., Certificated Teach-
er, Class I, Monsterrat, Overseas
leave from 1st August to 31st
October, 1950, inclusive.
The following Statutory Rule and
Order is circulated with this Gazette
and forms part thereof:-
No 22 of 1950, "The Legislative
Council Rules, 195Q."
STORM WARNING SIGNALS.
AT DAY. The following signals
displayed at the Harbour Dqpartment
and Goat Hill signal station will
denote the approach of disturbed
X. A red flag with black square in
centre- means- tropical dis-
turbance reported; likely to
affect island of Antigua--
XX. Two red flags, with black
squares in centre-HURRI-
CANE SIGNAL- DANGER
AT NIGHT. Two detonating rock-
ets will be fired in rapid suc-
cession from Harbour Master's
Office, as a warning to shipping
of the approach of disturbed
AT DAY & AT NIGHT. The
siren at the Police Headquarters will
be sounded as a HURRICANE SIG-
NAL DANGER APPRENDED."
Police will also go through St.
John's and villages sounding their
All telephone exchanges will make
every effort to inform subscribers
about weather conditions when
requested to do so by the Official
The Police Department will also
give whatever assistance they can in
notifying the public in general.
F. V. D. GRIFFITH,
Publications issued from the
Government Printing Office,
No 4 of 1950, "The Legislative
Council (Extension of Duration)
Ordinance, 1950." 2 pp. Prioe ld.
No. 5 of 1950, "The Labour Ordi-
nance, 1950." 4 pp. Price Id.
No. 6 of 1950, "The Supplemen-
tary Appropriation (1949) Ordinance,
1950." 2 pp. Price ld.
No. 7 of 1950, The Cotton Export
Duty (Amendment) Ordinance, 1950."
1 pp. Price Id.
STATUTORY RULE & ORDER.
No. 5 of 1950, -' Resolution abolish-
ing Customs duty on aircraft and air-
craft parts and supplies".
1 pp. Price Id.
Central Experiment Station,
1947. 1948. 1949 1950.
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THE LEEWARD ISLANDS GAZETTE.
17th August, 1950.
Medical Act, 1937.
Pursuant to Section 12 (4) of the Medical Act, 1937, the following registration is hereby notified.
CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST.
Stephens, Moses Walton Raymond
16th August, 1950.
N. A. BERHII)GE,
Colony of the Leeward Islands.
Title In/ ieistration Act.
REGISTRY OF TITLES.
SCHEDULE OF APPLICATIONS
for Certificate of Title, and Noting thereon, and Caveat for the week ending the 22nd day of July,
Date of Request.
20th July, 1950
Antigua Syndicate Estates, Limit-
ed, whose Registered Office is at
37 High Street in the City of
Saint John in the Island of
Nature of request, whether for Certificate of Title, or
Noting thereon, or caveat.
Certificate of Title for All Those plantations or
estates known as Jolly Hill and Reed Hill
situate in the Parish of Saint Mary in the
Island of Antigua, comprising 672 acres.
Anyone who objects to the issue of the Certificate of Title as applied for must within
twenty-one (21) days from the first publication of this Notice enter a Caveat at the office of the
Registrar of Titles for the Antigua Circuit.
Dated the 15th day of August, 1950.
N. A. BERRIDGE,
Registrar of Titles.
SUGAR FACTORIES OUTPUT TO AUGUST 19, 1950.
Tons of cane handled
Tons of sugar produced
Hours out of cane
* Season commenced 24th January, 1950.
t Season commenced 23rd January, 1950.
* Season commenced 24th January, 1950.
t Season commenced 23rd January, 1950.
[24 August, 1950.
THE LEEWARD ISLANDS GAZETTE.
1. At the beginning of the Hurricane Season the public are advised to take precautionary
measures to ensure that all doors, windows, and shutters of their houses, offices, etc., can be securely
fastened. The same applies to buildings used as shelters for stock.
An adequate supply of hurricane lanterns, candles or electric torches is recommended, in the
event of the failure of electric lighting system during the storm.
2. Householders possessing a barometer should watch their instrument carefully and observe
readings at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and at night time previous to retiring to bed. Any change lower than
the usual diurnal one of 0.1 inch should be regarded with some suspicion and -more frequent
3. All Agents of steamers and of sailing vessels which are approaching or leaving Antigua in
doubtful weather, are asked to communicate direct with the Harbour Master. This is especially essential
with regard to small sailing boats engaged in inter-island trade.
4. When barring up a house, on indications of bad weather or the approach of a hurricane, begin
with the side facing the direction of the prevailing wind, which varies as a rule from North West to
North East. Should the centre happen to pass over the island there will be a short period of calm
during which the northern side of the building should be opened up and the southern or westerly sides
closed. Very often, however, the hurricane shifts directly from North East to South East with little or
no interval of relative calm, and under such circumstances it is wise to have every window and door
Pointed at the Government Printing Office, Leeward Islands, by E. M. BLACKxAN,
Acting Government Printer.-By Authority
24 August, 1950.]
STATUTORY RULES AND ORDERS.
1950, No. 22,
THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF
'THE VIRGIN ISLANDS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR UNDER THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION 23 OF THE VIRGIN 'ISLANDS
CONSTITUTION ACT, 1950 (No. 1/1950).
1. SHORT TITLE. These Standing Orders may be cited
as the Legislative Council Rules, 1950,
2. No ICE OF MEETINGS. (1) The Council shall meet
on such days as the Governor shall determine. Not less than
seven days before the date of a meeting the Clerk of the Coun-
cil shall post or otherwise despatch a notice of the meeting,
addressed to each member at his usual place of abode or such
address as a member may have registered with the Clerk of the
Council as that to which he wishes such notice to be sent:
Provided that in the case of any emergency, of which the
Governor shall be the sole judge, a meeting may be summoned
on such shorter notice as he may determine, and such notice
may be given to members by such means as the urgency of the
(2) The hour of the meeting shall be 11 o'clock of the
forenoon unless some other hour shall have been fixed by the
(3) When the Council has adjourned to a specified date
no further notice shall be necessary, unless such date shall be
more than seven days after the adjourned meeting
3. ADJOURNMENT. (1) A meeting of the Council may
be adjourned at apy time by the President, or by a vote of the
majority of the members present.
(2) The President may at any time suspend a meeting.
(3) All matters under discussion and business not disposed
of at the time of any adjournment shall stand as an Order of
the Day for the next meeting of the Council.
4. ABSENCE OF MEMBERS. (1) Any member unable to
attend a meeting of the Council to which he has been summoned
shall acquaint the Clerk as early as possible of his inability to
(2) No member shall leave the Council or a Committee of
the Council except with the consent of, the President or the
Chairman of the Committee.
DUTIES OF THE CLERK OF THE COUNCIL.
< 5. ORDER BOOK. (1) The Clerk shall keep an Order
Book in which he shall enter and number in succession the sub-
jects intended to be brought under discussion at each meeting./
(2) The Order Book shall be open to the inspection of
members at all reasonable hours.
6. MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS. (1) The Clerk shall
keep the minutes of the proceedings of the Council, and of
Committees of the whole Council, and shall circulate to mem-
bers a copy of such minutes as soon as practicable after the
conclusion of each meeting.
(2) The minutes shall consist of particulars of the pro-
ceedings, and shall record-
(a) the names of all members present at the assem-
bling of the Council, tnd in case any other member shall
take his seat subsequently at such meeting or shall leave
the Council before the rising of the Council the Clerk shall
note the fact at the proper place;
(6) all decisions of the Council, whether made
formally or informally.
7. BUSINESS PAI'ER. The Clerk shall send to each
member, two clear days at least before each meeting, a copy of
the Business Paper for such meeting, unless the Council shall
have adjourned for a period of less than three days.
8. ATTENDANCE OF, CLERK UPON SELECT COMMITTEE.
The Clerk shall attend upon any Select Committee of the
Council if required to do so.
9. CUSTODY OF PAPERS. The Clerk shall be responsible
for the custody of the votes, records, bills, and other docu,
ments laid before the Council, which shall be open to inspection
by members of the Council at all reasonable times, and by
other persons under such arrangements as may be sanctioned
by the President.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
10. ORDER OF BUSINESS. Unless the Council shall other-
wise direct, the order of business shall be as follows:-
(ii) Confirmation of minutes;
iii) Oath of Allegiance to new members;
iv) Announcements by direction of the President;
(vi) Reports from Committees;
(viii) Government Nqtices;
(ix) Unofficial Notices;
(xii) Other Business.
11. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES. Prayers shall be said,
whereupon the Clerk shall read the minutes of the previous
meeting, unless such minutes have been previously circulated.
The President shall put the question that the minutes as read
or as circulated be confirmed. No debate shall be allowed
thereupon except as to any proposed amendment or as to the
accuracy of the minutes.
12. MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR. A message or
minute from the Governor may be brought up at any time
during a meeting, and shall be considered forthwith or ordered
to be considered upon a future day as the President may
13. PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS. By The leave of the
Council, a member may, before the Council proceeds to Other
Business, make a personal explanation, although there is no
question before the Council; but no debatable matter may be
brought forward, or debate arise upon the explanation,
14. OTHER BUSINESS. (1) Unless the Council shall
otherwise direct, the order of Other Business shall be as
(i) Government Business.
(ii) Private Bills.
(iii) Other Orders of the Day.
(2) Government Business shall be set down in such order
Sas the Government think fit.
(3) Other matters shall be submitted to the Council in
the order in which they stand in the Order Book.
15. ADJOURNMENT ON MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC
IMPORTANCE. (1) A motion for the adjournment of the
Council shall not be made until Other Business has been
entered upon, except it be made on behalf of the Government,
or unless a member rise in his place at the end of Questions,
and ask leave to move the- adjournment of the Council for the
purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public
(2) Such motion shall not be made unless:-
(a) the President is satisfied-
(i) that the motion does not anticipate a matter
which has been previously appointed for con-
sideration by the Council or with reference to
which a notice of motion has previously been
(ii) that no opportunity for the discussion of the
question raised by the motion will arise in the
ordinary course of the meeting, and
(iii) that the motion is definite, and that the matter is
urgent and of public importance; and
(b) the leave of the majority of the Council be
obtained for the motion.
(3) If the President is satisfied that the motion may
properly be made, and the leave of the Council in that behalf is
granted, the motion shall be considered forthwith.
(4) Not more than one such motion shall be made at the
same sitting; and not more than on'e matter shall be discussed
on the same motion.
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16. PRESENTATION OF PAPERS. (1) (a) All papers
shall be presented by an official member of the Council and
their presentation shall be entered upon the Minutes.
(b) A member presenting a paper may make a short
explanatory statement of its contents.
(c) All papers shall be ordered to lie upon the Table
without question put and any motion for the printing
thereof shall be determined without amendment or debate.
(2) All Rules and Orders made by the Governor in
Executive Council under the authority of an Ordinance, which
do not require the approval of the Legislative Council shall be
laid on the Table as soon-as may be after being made.
17. FonM OF PETITION. Every petition intended to be
presented to the Council must-
(a) be addressed to the Council;
(6) conclude with a prayer setting forth the general
object of the petitioners;
(c) bear the signatures of the petitioners, or their
marks duly witnessed, and
(d) be endorsed by the person presenting the same
to the effect that in his opinion it is properly and respect-
18. PRESENTATION OF PETITION. (1) A petition must
be presented by a member who shall be responsible for compli-
ance with the requirements of the preceding rule.
(2) A member may not present a petition for himself.
(3) The member presenting a petition may state concisely
the purport of the petition, and may move that it do lie on the
Table or be read or printed or referred to a Select Committee,
and.any such motion shall specify the number of members
which shall form a quorum of the Committee.
(4) No debate shall be permitted on such motion nor shall
S any other member speak upon or in relation to such petition
except to second such motion formally
(5) When any petition is referred to a. Select Committee,
individuals whose rights are peculiarly affected by any proposed
action or legislation to which the petition relates may be heard
by the Committee or at its discretion by Counsel.
19. NOTICE OF QUESTIONS AND MOTIONS. Except as
hereinafter provided, no member shall ask a question or make
a motion unless he shall have given notice'in writing of such
question or motion either at some previous sitting of the Coun-
cil, or to the Clerk not less than three days previous to the
hour of sitting of the Council at which such question is to be
asked or motion to be made:
Provided nevertheless that the President may allow
a question to be asked without notice if it is of an -urgent
20. NOTICE OF BILLS. A printed copy of every bill
shall, in so far as possible, be sent to each member two clear
days at least before it is proposed to read it a first time.
21. NOTICE OF PETITION. A copy of any petition shall
be sent to the Clerk at least two days before its presentation.
22. MOTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE. The following motions
may be made without notice-
(i) A motion for the confirmation or amendment of
the minutes of the Council, or for the adoption,
modification or rejection of the report of any
(ii) A motion that a petition or other paper do lie on
the table or be printed or be rejected;
(iii) A motion for the reference of any matter to a
(iv) A. motion made when Council is in Committee;
(v) A motion by way of amendment to any motion
being debated in Council;
(vi) A motion for the adjournment of the Council or
of any debate;
(vii) A motion for the withdrawal of a bill;
(viii) A motion for the withdrawal of strangers;
(ix) A motion relating to a matter of privilege;
(x) A motion for the suspension of a member;
(xi) A motion for the suspension of the Standing
Orders of the Council;
(xii) A motion that the question be now put.
23. QUESTIONS TO MEMBERS. (1) Questions may be
put to official members relative to public affairs with which they
are officially connected, proceedings pending in Council, or any
matter of administration for which such members are responsible.
(2) Questions may also be put to other members, relating
to a bill, motion, or other public matter connected with the
business of the Council for which such members are responsible.
24. FORM OF QUESTIONS. (1) A question shall not
contain arguments, inferences, opinions, imputations, epithets,
ironical expressions or hypothetical cases; nor shall a question
refer to debates or answers to questions in the current session.
(2) A question shall not include the names of persons, or
statements, not strictly necessary to render the question intelli-
gible, nor contain charges which the member, who asks the
question, is not prepared to substantiate.
(3) A question must not be asked for the purpose of
obtaining an expression of opinion, the solution of an abstract-
legal case, or the answer to a hypothetical proposition.
(4) A question must not refer to any debate that has
occurred or answer that has been given in the current session,
nor should a question fully answered be asked again during the
(5) A question must not be asked about proceedings in
Committee which have not been placed before the Council by a
report of the Committee.
(6) A question may not be asked as to the character or
conduct of any person except in his official or public capacity.
(7) A question reflecting on the character or conduct of
any person whose conduct can only be challenged on a substan-
tive motion may not be asked.
(8) A question making or implying a charge of a personal
character may be disallowed.
25. REPLIES. (1) A written reply to each question
shall be read by the member to whom the question is put, and
a copy of the reply shall be handed to the member putting 'the
(2) A reply shall be confined to the points contained in the
question, with such explanation only as will render the reply
intelligible; and may with the consent of the Council be taken
26. SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS. The reply to any
question shall be conclusive and no speech or debate on the
reply shall be allowed, but any member may, with the permnis-
sion of the President, put a supplementary question for the
purpose of further elucidating any matter of fact not made
clear to him by the reply; but a supplementary question must
not be used to introduce matter not included in the original
27. DISALLOWANCE OF QUESTION. The President shall
be the sole judge of the propriety or admissibility of a question
and he may disallow any question which in his opinion is an
abuse of the right to ask questions.
28. POWER TO MOVE. (1) Every member upon due
notice being given may propose any resolution which does not
impose a tax or dispose of or charge any part of the public
revenue or which does not revoke or vary any disposition or
charge except by or with the consent of the Governor.
(2) No motion the object or effect of which may be to
suspend the Standing Orders of the Council shall be proposed
except by or with the consent of the President or presiding
29. WITHDRAWAL OF MOTIONS. A motion may be with-
drawn with the leave of the Council, but if so withdrawn may
be made again at some other meeting of the Council.
30. RE-INTRODUCTION OF MOTIONS. No motion shall
be proposed which is the same in substance as any motion
which during the previous six months shall have been resolved
in the affirmative or negative.
31. RULES AS TO AMENDMENTS. (a) The President
may require the nmover of an amendment which has been
seconded to put the amendment into writing and deliver it to
(b) An amendment must be relevant to the question
to which it is proposed,
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(c) An amendment must not raise any question
which can be raised only by a distinct motion after notice.
(d) After a decision has been given on an amendment
to any part of a question an earlier part cannot be
(e) Where an amendment of any part of a question
has been proposed, an earlier part cannot be amended
unless the amendment so proposed is withdrawn.
(f) An amendment to a question must not be incon-
sistent with a previous decision on the same question given
at the same stage of any bill or matter.
(9) An amendment must not be substantially identi-
cal with an amendment moved by another member.
(A) An amendment must not be substantially a direct
negative of the original proposition or of any amendment
(i) An amendment may be moved to any amendment.
32. ORDER IN WHICH TAKEN ON QUESTION BEING PUT.
When an amendment to a question shall have been submitted,
and when more amendments than one shall have been submit-
ted, the President at the close of the debate shall put the
question for the decision of the Council in this wise; "That
the words of the question stand as in the original motion"
which, if it be decided in the affirmative will throw out all
amendments; and he shall then put the original motion to be
affirmed or negatived. If the first question which would pre-
clude all amendments be negativedd, then, in case only one
amendment shall have been proposed and seconded, he shall
Sput the question as it was proposed to be amended; but in case
more amendments than one shall have been proposed and
seconded he shall put the questions of amendment seriatim and
Sin the inverse order of their having been proposed; and when
Sany one amendment is affirmed all other amendments shall be
thereby negatived, and the President shall then put the motion,
as so amended, to be affirmed or negatived.
83. ADMISSIBILITY, The President shall be the sole
judge of the admissibility of any amendment,
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RULES OF DEBATE.
34. MODE OF ADDRESSING COUNCIL. (1) A member
desiring to speak shall rise in his place and address his observa-
tions to the President or Chairman whether' the Council be in
Committee or not.
(2) If two or more members rise at the same time, the
President or Chairman shall call on the member who first
catches his eye.
(3) A member shall not read his speech, but he may read
extracts from written or printed papers in support of his argu-
ment, and may refresh his memory by reference to notes.
(4) A member must confine his observations to the sub-
ject under discussion.
(5) A member while speaking on a question must not-
r (a) refer to any matter on which a judicial decision
is pending, in such a way as may prejudice the interests of
the parties thereto;
(h) impute improper motives to any other member;
(c) use the King's name for the purpose of influencing
(d) utter treasonable or seditious words or use the
King's name irreverently; or
(e) use his right of speech for the purpose of
obstructing the business of the Council.
35. REFERENCE TO OTHER MEMBERS. Any member who
in discussing any motion wishes to allude to the speech or the
opinion of any other member shall, if possible, avoid referring
to such other member by name. Official members shall be
described by reference to their official designations; elected
members by reference to the electoral districts which they
represent, or where an electoral district is represented by
more than one member, by reference to the order of precedence
as between such members; and nominated members by reference
to the order of precedence as between such members.
36. REFLECTIONS UPON TIIE CROWN OR UPON CERTAIN
PERSONS IN AUTHORITY. The conduct of His Majesty, Mem-
bers of the Royal Family, the Goyernor, the President or ;
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Members of the Council, and Judges and other persons engaged
in the administration of justice shall not be raised except upon a
substantive motion; and in any amendment, question to a mem-
ber or remarks in a debate on a motion dealing with any other
subject any reference to the conduct of the persons aforesaid
shall be out of order.
37. How OFTEN MEMBERS MAY SPEAK. (1) No member
shall speak more than once to a motion except as hereinafter
(a) The mover of an original motion shall have the
right of reply after all members who desire to speak shall
have spoken but the mover of an amendment shall not
have any right to reply.
(b) Any member who may second an original motion
in the formal words I second this motion and no others,
may reserve his speech until later in the debate.
(c) When the Council is in Committee.
(2) A member may speak on the question before the
Council and upon any amendment proposed thereto.
38. MOTION OR AMENDMENT TO BE SECONDED. After
the mover of any motion or any amendment has spoken
in support thereof, no debate shall be allowed until the motion
or amendment has been duly seconded, unless the Council is
in Committee when a motion or amendment may be put without
39. INTERRUPTIONS. No member shall interrupt another
member who is speaking except by rising to a point of order.
A member rising to a point of order shall simply direct atten-
tion to the point which he desires to bring to notice and submit
to the President for his decision.
40. RELEVANCY. (1) Debate must be relevant to the
matter or question before the Council or Committee, and where
more than one question has been proposed from the Chair the
debate must be relevant to the list question so proposed, until
it has been disposed of.
(2) The President after having called the attention of the
Council to the conduct of a member who persists in irrelevance
or in tedious repetition either of his own argument or of the
arguments used by other members ii debate may direct the
member to discontinue his speech.
41. CLOSURE. (1) After a question has been proposed,
a member rising in his place may claim to move, That the
question be now put," and unless it appears to the President
that the motion is an abuse of the rules of the house, or an
infringement of the rights of the minority, the question That
the question be now put," must be put forthwith.
(2) When the motion, That the question be now put,"
has been carried and the quption consequent thereon has been
decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the
President as aforesaid not having been withheld) which may
be requisite to bring to a decision any question already pro-
posed from the Chair.
(3) When a clause is under consideration a motion may
be made (the assent of the President as aforesaid not having
been withheld) that the question that certain words of the
clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that
the clause stand part of or be added to the bill, be now put.
(4) Every motion made under this rule must be put
forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.
42. ALLOCATION OF TIME FOR DEBATE. Before or
when a member rises to move a question which stands in his
name, the President, with the consent of the majority of the
Council may fix the total time to be occupied in the debate
thereon, and may adjourn the debate from -time to time as he
may think fit.
43. PROCEDURE ON QUESTION BEING PUT. After the
question has been put by the President no further discussion
shall be allowed.
44. RESPONSIBILITY FOR ORDER. It shall be the duty
of the President, on his own motion, to preserve order and to
enforce all Standing Orders, and when the President addresses
the Council any member speaking shall immediately resume
45. VOTING. (1) At the conclusion of a debate the
question shall be ptt by the President and the votes may be
taken by voices Aye and No, and the result shall be declared
by the President; but if any member calls for a division the-:.,
votes shall be taken by the Clerk, who shall ask each member ,
separately, beginning with the junior member, how he desires
to vote and record the votes accordingly,
(2) When a division is claimed either in Council or in
Committee of the whole Council or in a Select Committee every
member present shall, unless he expressly states that he
declines to vote, record his vote either for the Ayes or Noes.
The Clerk shall enter on the minutes ihe record of each mem-
ber's vote and shall add a statement of the names of- members
who declined to vote.
(3) As soon as the Clerk has collected the votes the
President, or in Committee or a Select Committee, the Chair-
man, shall state the numbers voting for the Ayes and the Noes
respectively and shall then declare the result of the division or
give his casting vote as the case may be.
(4) If a member state that he voted in error or that his
-vote has been counted wrongly, he may claim to have his vote
altered, provided that such request is made as soon as the
President has announced the numbers and before he shall have
declared the result of the division.
46. DISALLOWANCE OF VOTE OF MEMBER HAVING
DIRECT PERSONAL PECUNIARY INTEREST. A member shall not
vote on any subject in which he has a direct personal pecuniary
interest, but a motion to disallow a member's vote on this
ground shall be made only as soon as the result of -the voting
on the question shall have been declared. If the motion for the
disallowance of a member's vote shall be agreed to, the Presi-
dent, or in Committee the Chairman, shall direct the Clerk to
correct the numbers voting in the division accordingly. In
-deciding whether a motion for the disallowance of a member's
vote shall be proposed from the Chair, the President, or in any
Committee of the Council the Chairman, shall have regard to
Sthe character of the question upon which the division was taken
and to the consideration whether the interest therein of the
member whose vote is challenged is direct and pecuniary and
not an interest in common with the rest of His Majesty's
subjects and whether his vote was given on a matter of state
47. RECORD OF DISSENT. Any member voting in the
minority who desires to have his reasons recorded for so voting
shall state such desire forthwith, and his reasons shall be
Recorded either at that or the following meeting of the Council.
BREACHES OF ORDER.
48. WITHDRAWAL OF DISORDERLY MEMBER. (1) The
SPresident or Chairman shall order any member whose conduct
is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Conncil
Chamber during the remainder of the day's sitting,
(2) If such direction to withdraw be not complied with
at once or if on any occasion the President deem that his
powers under this rule are inadequate, he may name such
member or members in pursuance of rule 49 hereof.
49. SUSPENSION OF MEMBER NAMED. (1) If a member
show disregard for the authority of the Chair, or abuse the
rules of the Council by persistently and wilfully obstructing
the business of the Council, the President shall direct the
attention of the Council to the incident mentioning by name the
member concerned. A motion may then be made upon which
the President shall forthwith put the question, no amendment,
adjournment, or debate being allowed, That such member be
suspended from the service of the Council." If such an offence
shall have been committed in a Committee of the whole Council,
the Chairman shall forthwith suspend the proceedings of the
Committee and report the circumstances to the Council; and
the President shall on a motion being made thereupon put the
same question, without amendment adjournment or debate,
as if the offence had been committed in the Council itself.
(2) Not more than one member shall be named at the
same time, unless several members present together have jointly
disregarded the authority of the Chair.
(3) If a member be suspended from the service of the
Council under the provisions of this rule his suspension .shall
continue and be effective during the remainder of the session
unless sooner determined by the Council.
50. ENFORCEMENT OF PRESIDENT'S DIRECTIONS. (1) Mem-
bers who are directed to withdraw under rule 48 or are
suspended under rule 49 shall forthwith withdraw from the
precincts of the Council Chamber.
(2) The President or Chairman whether acting under
rule 4 or 49 may direct such steps to be taken as are required
to enforce his order.
(3) Nothing in rule 49 shall be deemed to prevent the
Council from proceeding against any member for any breach of
order not specified therein or from proceeding in any other way
it thinks fit in dealing with the breaches of order therein
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PROGRESS OF BILLS,
51. INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING OF BILLS. (1) NO
bill shall be introduced until leave for its introduction shall have
been applied for and granted.
(2) If the motion for leave is opposed the President, after
permitting (if he thinks fit) a brief explanatory statement from
the member who moves and from a member who opposes the
motion, may, without further debate, put the question thereon.
(3) If leave to introduce the bill be granted, the bill may
,be introduced, and shall be read a first time by the Clerk.
52. PUBLICATION OP BILLS. After having been read a
first time a bill shall, if it has not already been published in the
Gazette, be so published whenever such publication is practi-
53. SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS FOR FURTHER
READING OF BILL. Every bill shall be read three times previ-
ously to its being passed, and no bill shall pass through more
than two readings at any one sitting, unless this rule shall have
been formally suspended for the purpose.
54. SECOND READING. The member moving the
second reading of a bill shall state the object of the bill and
the reasons for its introduction. When a motion for the
second reading of a bill has been made and seconded there
may be a debate upon the general merits and principles of the
bill; and if such motion is carried the bill shall stand referred
to a Committee of the whole Council to consider the bill clause
by clause, and amend it as may be deemed necessary, unless at
This stage of the proceedings the Council decides that the bill
shall be referred to a Select Committee.
55. PROCEDURE IN COMMITTEE. (1) When a Bill is
under consideration in Committee unless the Committee decides
to have the bill read in any other manner the Clerk shall call
the several clauses in order, by reading the number of each
clause and shall then refer to the schedules, if any, in order,
next the preamble, if any, and lastly the title.
If it is proposed to -move any amendment on a clause or
schedule when called, the Clerk shall put them in their proper
If the clause (or the schedule or the preamble or the title,
:as the case may be,) is not amended, the President shall with-
out motion put the question "That this clause (or this schedule
or the preamble or the title, as the case may be,) do stand part
of the Bill ". If the clause (or the schedule or the preamble or
the title, as the case may be,) is amended, he shall put the
question That this clause (or this schedule or the preamble or
the title, as the case may be,) as amended, do stand part of the
In the case of uncontested clauses, the question may be
put not on each clause separately, but on a group of clauses.
(2) (a) In settling a bill in Committee any member may
move an amendment, or, without making a formal motion, may
suggest an amendment, or may ask for information respecting
any part of the bill or any proposed amendment,
(b) An amendment must be relevant to the subject
matter of the bill, and to the subject matter of the clause to
which it relates;
(c) An amendment must not be inconsistent with any-
previous decision of the Committee;
(d) An amendment must not be such as to make the clause
which it proposes to amend unintelligible or ungrammatical;
(e) If an amendment refers to, or is not intelligible
without, a subsequent amendment or a schedule, notice of the
subsequent amendment or schedule must be given before,
or when the first amendment is moved, so as to make the
series of amendments intelligible as a whole.
(f) An amendment which proposes to meet the whole
substance of a clause for the purpose of inserting different
provisions will as a general rule be irregular. The proper
course will be to negative the clause and propose a new one in
(g) The President or presiding member may refuse to put
an amendment which is, in his opinion, frivolous.
(3) A bill may be referred to a Select Committee at any
time after it shall have passed its second reading.
(4) When a bill has been referred to, and reported on,
by a Select Committee and it is certified by the Chairman of
such a Committee that such bill has been considered clause by
clause in the presence of a quorum of the members of such
Committee at least, and that in the opinion of the Committee
such bill may be dealt with by the Council in the same
manner as a bill reported on by a Committee of the whole
Council, such bill may be dealt with accordingly if no member
objects, but if any member objects the bill shall be dealt with
in the usual manner.
(5) The consideration of a clause may, on motion made,
be postponed, but the motion may not be made after the
clause has been amended.
(6) New clauses shall be considered after the clauses in the
bill as printed have been disposed of and before the consideration
of the schedules, if any. Notice of a proposed new clause shall
be given previous to the sitting unless the Chairman considers
that such notice may be dispensed with. The Chairman shall
call on the member in whose name the new clause stands, and
if that member moves the Clerk shall read the marginal note
of the clause and it shall then be taken to have been read a first
time. The question shall then be put That this clause be read
a second time." If this be agreed to amendments may be
moved, and after these (if any) have been disposed of the
question shall be That this clause (or that this clause as
amended) be added to the bill as clause No......and that the
subsequent clauses be renumbered accordingly."
(7) When a bill shall have been settled in Committee the
Council shall resume without question put; and the member
having charge of the bill shall thereupon report to the Council
that the Bill has .passed through the Committee stage, with or
without amendments, as the case may be, or that progress.has
been made therewith.
56. THIRD READING OF BILLS. Subject to the provi-
sions of rule 53, on the resumption of the Council on the
conclusion of the Committee stage a bill may, on motion made,
be read the third time, either forthwith if no member objects or
at some subsequent sitting. When the motion for the third
reading of the bill is to be put the question shall be That the
Bill be now read a third time and passed."
57. TITLE ONLY TO BE READ. On the first and third
readings of a bill the Clerk shall read only the title.
58. RECOMMITTAL OF BILLS. (1) If on the third read-
ing of a bill any member desires to amend or delete any
provision contained in the bill or to introduce any new
provision, he may move that the bill be recommitted, and, if
the motion be carried, the Council shall resolve itself into
Committee and any alteration proposed may be discussed. The
Council may then resume and the bill be read a third time.
(2) Verbal amendments may be made previous to the bill
being read a third time without the bill being recommitted.
59. GOVERNOR'S AMENDMENTS. When the Governor
requires that amendments be made to a bill passed by the
Council before the bill becomes law, such bill shall be recom-
mitted for the consideration only of the amendments proposed.
The bill shall be re-submitted to the Governor with the
amendments made therein, or with such of them as the Council
60. WITHDRAWAL OF BILLS. The member in charge of
a bill standing on the Order Book may make a motion without
notice for its withdrawal either before the commencement of
Other Business or on the Order of the Day for any stage of
the bill being read.
61. BILLS ON THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER. More than
one bill of the same subject matter may be introduced but,
when the second reading of a bill has been agreed to or
negatived, the question shall not be proposed for the second
reading of another bill of the same subject matter during the
same session. On the Order of the Day relating to such bill
being read the President shall direct that the bill be withdrawn.
62. SELECT COMMITTEES. (1) The President may
appoint any members to be a Select Committee for the purpose
of examining and reporting on the clauses of any proposed bill.
The President may also nominate the Chairman of such Select
(2) In the absence of any nomination by the President
a Select Committee shall elect its own Chairman. In the
absence of the Chairman the senior member on the Committee
shall act as Chairman.
(3) Unless the President otherwise directs three members,
or, if the number of the Select Committee does not exceed four,
two members shall form a quorum.
63. REPLACING MEMBERS. (1) The President may
from time to time in case of the death or unavoidable absence
of a member appoint another member to take the place of such
member on the Committee.
(2) If the President be the Chairman of a Select Com-
mittee he shall have a casting vote if the votes be equally divided,
but shall not have an original vote. In the absence of the
President from the Chair the member presiding shall have an
original vote, and a casting vote if the votes are equally divided.
64. REPORT OF SELECT COMMITTEE TO BE SIGNED BY
CHAIRMAN. The report of every Select Committee shall be
signed by the Chairman thereof, or in his absence '>y the senior
65. MEMBER DISSENTING. Any member dissenting
from the opinion of the majority of a Select Committee may
put in a written statement of his reasons for such dissent, and
such statement shall be appended to the report of the Com-
66. FINANCE COMMITTEE. (1) At the first meeting of
any session of the Council, or as soon thereafter as practicable,
the President may appoint a Standing Committee to be styled
the Finance Committee for the consideration of 4ny financial
bills and other business referred to such Commitwt-
(2) The Finance Committee shanl consist of such official
and unofficial members as the President may consider it advisa-
ble to appoint, with the President as Chairman.
(3) The rules and procedure relating to Select Committees
shall apply also to a Standing Committee.
PRIVATE RIGHTS AND PRIVATE BILLS.
67. PRIVATE RIGHTS AFFECTED BY BILL. In any case
where individual rights or interests, or the property of any
private person, may be peculiarly affected by any public or
private bill all parties interested may, upon petition for that
purpose and on motion made, seconded and carried, be heard
-before the Council or any Committee thereof, either in person
or by Counsel.
68. EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES. When it is intended
to examine any witnesses the person requiring such witnesses
shall deliver to the Clerk a list containing the names, residen-
-. ces and occupations of such witnesses, at least two days before
the day appointed for their examination, Any such witnesses
may be examined, cross-examined and re-examined by Counsel
in the same manner as witnesses in any action in the Supreme
Court, and may be questioned by'any member of the Council
or of any Committee thereof. The evidence of every such wit-
ness shall be taken down by the Clerk and signed by the
69. PRIVATE BILLS. Every bill intended to affect or
benefit some particular person, association or corporate body,
shall contain a section saving the rights of His Majesty, his
heirs and successors, all bodies politic and corporate, and all
others, except such as are mentioned in the bill and those
claiming by, from or under them. No such bill, not being
a Government measure, shall be introduced into the Legislative
Council until due notice has been given, at the expense of the
promoters, by not less than three successive publications of the
bill in the Gazette and in some newspaper (if any) circulating
in the Presidency, and where any particular premises are
affected until after a copy of the bill has been affixed to the
police station nearest to such property for not less than three
weeks. Proof that the requirements aforesaid have been
complied with shall be made by solemn declaration to the
satisfaction of and deposited with the Clerk.
70. COST OF PRIVATE BILL. All bills, other than pub-
lic bills, must be prepared ard printed at the expense of the
parties by whom they may be introduced.
GENERAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.
71. ELECTION OF MEMBERS. Members to represent the
Presidency in the General Legislative Council of the Leeward
Islands shall be elected by the unofficial members by ballot.
72. ADMISSION OF STRANGERS. Strangers may be pre-
sent in the Council Chamber in the place set apart for them, but
if any member shall take notice that strangers are present, the
President shall forthwith put the question That strangers be
ordered to withdraw," without permitting any debate-or amend-
73. SUSPENSION OF RULES. These Rules may be suspen-
ded by the consent of a majority of members present, provided
that no vote, resolution or question the object or effect of which
may be to suspend the RItles shall be proposed except by the
President or with his consent,
74. PRACTICE OF PARLIAMENT. In all cases not provided
for by the Virgin Islands Constitution Act, 1950, or in these
Rules, the practice and procedure of the Commons House of
Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall be
followed so far as the same may be applicable to the Council.
Made by the Governor this 16th day of August, 1950.
P. D. MACDONALD,
Printed at the Government Printing Office, Leeward Islands,
by E. M. BLACKMAN Acting Government Priittqr.-By AUithority.