HC Deb 24 June 1862 vol 167 cc1026-7

Order for Committee read.

House in Committee.


said, that it was not his intention to proceed with the Bill this Session, nor was it his intention to trouble the House by raising a discussion or dividing upon it, but he would state the principles of the Bill. Having endeavoured to improve the law relating to grammar schools, he found that all his attempts at conciliation had been in vain; he had therefore drawn this Bill so as to embody the principles which he wished to carry out. As the House was probably aware, Endowed Schools were of two kinds, those with royal foundations and those founded by private individuals. A great many of those with royal foundations were founded in the reign of Edward VI. out of the spoils of the monasteries, and the principle he sought to establish with reference to those schools was that they were for the nation at large, and that no one should be excluded on account of religious belief. With regard to schools founded by private persons, he did not propose to touch them where it was distinctly proved that they were founded for any particular sect; but he proposed to make them available where there was no such restriction.


said, he wished to guard himself while consenting that the Bill be laid on the table from its being supposed that he concurred in it.

Resolved, That the Chairman be directed to move the House, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Law respecting Endowed Schools.

House resumed.

Resolution reported.

Bill ordered to he brought in by Mr. DILLWYN and Sir CHARLES DOUGLAS.

Bill presented, and read 1° to be read 2° on Wednesday 23rd July, and to be printed [Bill 167].