HC Deb 18 July 1856 vol 143 cc1033-4

said, he wished to ask whether the Government intended to proceed with this Bill, which had only that morning come down from the Lords. He believed that it would meet with considerable opposition in that House, and it was too late to refer it to a Select Committee. The Bill stood for second reading on Monday next. Now, there was a strong objection to the Bill, and it would be strenuously opposed; therefore, considering the uncertain position in which it stood, he thought it would be better for the Government to withdraw it at once, and so remove the suspense of those who were opposed to it.


said, he was not aware that any serious objection was intended to the Bill, but if there were any such intention it would, perhaps, be better not to proceed with the Bill during the present Session. He would communicate on the subject with his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who had charge of the Bill as one of the Charity Commissioners. The present Bill was one of a number which had been laid before Parliament for the purpose of carrying into effect a scheme provisionally approved of by the Charity Commissioners. He thought that there was no serious objection to the principle of the Bill, although there might be some matters of detail open to opposition. It had passed through the Lords, where it had been considered in a Select Committee. However, if any serious opposition should arise, the Bill, partaking somewhat of a private nature, would have to go to n Select Committee, and, of course, under those circumstances, there would be no time to get it through Parliament this Session.