§ Order for Committee read.
§ (In the Committee.)
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Chairman report Progress, and ask leave to sit again."—(Mr. Butt.)
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
said, the Bill was rendered necessary by the Irish Church Act, since the passing of which it was doubtful whether the Bishop of Derry could exercise patronage, in regard to the head mastership of the school at Derry, which he undoubtedly could before that time. The present Bishop was willing to give up his doubtful right; and after consultation with the representatives of all parties interested, a Governing Body had been decided upon, and that was the alteration to which the Bill was intended to give legal effect. There was no opposition, for all parties concerned fully approved of the scheme.
observed that the fact of proceeding with the Bill at half-past I o'clock in the morning, when very few hon. Members knew anything whatever about it, illustrated the inconvenience under which Irish Members laboured in dealing with important measures affecting Ireland.
§ MR. C. E. LEWIS
said, a great portion of the revenue of the College was contributed voluntarily by the Irish Society of London, which was in favour of the Bill. He could not understand what objection could be urged against the proposed Governing Body.
§ SIR SYDNEY WATERLOW
said, that the object of the measure was to throw open what had hitherto been a Church College to members of all religious denominations by re-organizing it on a broad and liberal basis.
§ Motion, by leave, withdrawn.
§ Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended, to be considered upon Tuesday 28th July.