HC Deb 27 July 1868 vol 193 cc1819-20

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the Clergy Act of British Guiana has been forwarded to this Country, for the purpose of receiving Her Majesty's Assent; and, if so, whether he will lay the same before Parliament?


said, that the Act to which the hon. Member referred had not yet been received in this country, although it was at the same time known that such an Act had been passed for the purpose of substituting a provision for the clergy of British Guiana upon the expiry of the present Act next December. The new Act would come into force in January next, and its object was to supply more largely funds for the maintenance of religion in British Guiana when the charge upon the Consolidated Fund of this country for that purpose should cease. The Act, so far from tending to disendow religion in that colony, would have the effect of largely increasing the religious endowments from local resources.