said, the House would recollect that, some time ago, a very important subject—namely, that of reforming the ecclesiastical courts—was brought before the House. They were then promised by the Government that a Bill would be brought in upon the subject. He therefore wished to ask the noble Lord at the head of the Government what prospect there was of such a Bill being brought forward?
§ LORD JOHN RUSSELL
I have already stated to the House on a former occasion that a Commission had been appointed by the late Government on the subject; that they had made up their minds with regard to the general outline of the measure to be proposed, but not as to its details, which would require very great consideration. I then said that it would take not less than three or four months to go through all the details of the measure. Under these circumstances it had been determined not to bring in a Bill on the subject at present.
§ Motion for the adjournment to Monday next was then agreed to.