HC Deb 09 June 1858 vol 150 cc1801-2

said, he would beg to ask the hon. Member for Durham (Mr. Atherton) whether he intends to apply this Session for leave to bring in a Bill to amend the Mortmain laws, similar to the Bills previously brought in by him and passed by this House; and whether such previous Bills have had consideration in "another place," and what difficulties exist to prevent the removal of the present obstructions to the settlement of property purchased for religious, educational, scientific, and other charitable purposes, for full pecuniary and other considerations.


said, it was not his intention during the present Session to bring in the Bill to which his hon. Friend referred. He had not had an opportunity of going sufficiently into the subject at an early period of the Session to enable him to do so with any chance of success. With reference to the latter part of the question, whether the Bills previously brought in had received consideration in "another place," he thought he could hardly state that they had; but that was owing to a series of accidents for which he could not attribute blame in any quarter. It was his intention, however, to bring in the Bill again in a future Session.