§ MR. MITCHELL HENRY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, if he will state why the draft of the Queen's Letter empowering certain changes in the constitution of the governing body of Trinity College, and assented to on the 6th June by the Senate, has not been laid upon the Table of the House; and, whether, considering the lateness of the Session, the assent of the Government will be suspended until next Session, so as to give an opportunity of discussing this important question in Parliament?
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
, in reply, assumed that the Question of the hon. Member referred to the draft charter agreed on by the governing body of Trinity College, Dublin, and which was 1349 submitted to the consideration of the Government at a much later date than that stated in the Question. The delay in its consideration had been occasioned by the necessity in all such cases of referring such applications for the legal advice of the Law Officers of the Crown. He hoped to lay the draft charter on the Table of the House either on that evening or to-morrow. As to the second part of the Question, it was very necessary for the interests of education in Trinity College, Dublin, that the matter should be settled as soon as possible; and before the close of the Session the hon. Member would probably have a sufficient opportunity of calling attention to the subject.