HC Deb 09 February 1857 vol 144 cc345-6

said, he wished to inquire of the right hon. Gentleman the Chief Secretary for Ireland why the Reports of the Presidents of the Queen's Colleges in Cork, Belfast, and Galway, for the years 1854, 1855, and 1856, had not been laid before Parliament, pursuant to the provisions of the Act 8 & 9 Vict., cap. 66?


in reply, said, that the Reports for those years had already been received from the Colleges of Galway and Belfast. The President of the College of Cork had informed him that morning that his Report also would be ready in the course of three or four days. The reason why those Reports had not been presented annually was owing to the difference which prevailed between the Act of Parliament and the Statutes of the Colleges themselves. The Act of Parliament called upon the President to make the Report, while the College Statutes stated that it should be made by the President and fellows. Some dispute had arisen in 1854 as to whether the President or President and fellows should make the Report, and the consequence had been, that for two years none had been made. His attention, however, having been called to the subject, he had immediately called upon the President to make the report in each case.