HC Deb 01 June 1837 vol 38 cc1156-8

Mr. Borthwick moved for leave to bring in a Bill to establish a system of national education connected with the Established Church, and so constituted that, without offending any man's conscience, instruction might be afforded to all classes of his Majesty's subjects.

Mr. A. Trevor

seconded the motion, because he thought such a system would work beneficially for the poorer classes of the community.

The Speaker

said, if the money was to be paid out of the Consolidated Fund, it would be more convenient to follow the usual practice, and move resolutions in Committee.

Mr. Borthwick

said, if such was the usual practice, he would he ready to act according to it; but what he simply wanted was to obtain leave to bring in a Bill, in order that he might ascertain the intentions of his Majesty's Ministers on the subject. When the Bill went into Committee he would propose resolutions for a grant of money, and proceed accordingly.

The Speaker

did not mean to say, that it was absolutely necessary to propose resolutions in Committee before leave was given to bring in a Bill; but as a proposition for a grant of money must be made in Committee, it would be better to follow the usual practice.

Mr. Law moved the adjournment of the House.

The House divided:— Ayes 36; Noes 34: Majority 2.

House adjourned.