HC Deb 21 March 1865 vol 178 cc48-9

Order for Committee read.


, in moving that the House resolve into Committee, in order that the Chairman might be directed to move for leave to bring in a Bill to provide for the abolition of certain tests in connection with academical degrees in the University of Oxford, stated that the Bill was identical with that introduced last year by the hon. Member for East Sussex (Mr. Dodson); and, as it had then been fully debated, he did not think it necessary now to make any statement on the subject. It would be more convenient to take the discussion on the second reading. He, therefore, confined himself to moving that the Speaker do now leave the Chair.


observed, that if the Bill was identical with that introduced last year, the only observation he had now to make was that the hon. Mover must expect the same opposition. He thought it would have been better to introduce a Bill amended in form instead of the identical measure which had only reached the Committee last year.


said, that the Bill of last Session had been introduced by its promoters in the shape in which they were anxious it should pass, and that they had left it to its opponents to give notice of such Amendments as they might think fit. It was not correct to say that the Bill had only reached the Committee, for the fact was that it had been read a third time, and had only been thrown out on the question that the Bill do pass.

Motion agreed to.

Tests Abolition (Oxford),—Resolution considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Resolved, That the Chairman be directed to move the House, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the abolition of certain Tests in connection with Academical Degrees in the University of Oxford.

House resumed.

Resolution reported.

Bill ordered to be brought in by Mr. GOSCHEN and Mr. GRANT DUFF.

Bill presented, and read 1°. [Bill 85.]