HC Deb 26 June 1856 vol 142 c1992

appeared at the bar with Her Majesty's gracious answer to the Address of the House on the subject of National Education in Ireland:—

"I FULLY recognise the duty of extending as widely as possible the blessings of Education in Ireland, and your wishes and recommendations will always receive the consideration justly due to them.

"IT affords Me great satisfaction to know that experience has proved the existing system of National Education in Ireland to have greatly promoted this important object.

"IT is My earnest desire to see that system upheld and strengthened by a strict adherence to those rules which, by excluding all compulsory religious teaching, have hitherto secured parental authority, the rights of conscience, and the religious liberty of all denominations of Christians."