§ Bill, as amended,considered.
SIR HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSONmoved, in Clause 2, page 1, line 24, to leave out—
Council of the Society of Antiquaries of London for England; the Council of the Royal Irish Academy for Ireland; and the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland for Scotland;
and to insert instead thereof, "Trustees of the British Museum." He said that when the Bill was in Committee he should reserve to himself the liberty, if he thought right, of re-introducing into the Bill on Report the agreement which had been made by the Government with the promoters of the Bill with regard to the authorities to be intrusted with carrying the measure into effect. The authorities of the British Museum had been asked to and had accepted the trust, and the Bill was allowed to proceed on the understanding that they were to be the authority named in it. In Committee a change was made, and the Trustees were deprived of the duty intrusted to them, and the three Bodies mentioned in the Amendment were inserted in their place. The Amendment which he now moved was for the purpose of re-instating the Trustees of the British Museum in the position it which they originally stood in the Bill. If anyone were to look at the list of the Trustees of the British Museum they would see that it contained names which would insure proper execution of the object of the measure, and be a sufficient guarantee that the claims of Scotland and Ireland would be duly regarded.
In page 1, line 24, leave out "Council of the Society of Antiquaries of London for England, the Council of the Royal Irish Academy for Ireland, and the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland for Scotland," and insert "Trustees of the British Museum."—(Sir Henry Selwin-Ibbetson.)
§ Question, "That those words be there inserted," put, andagreed to.
§ Clause amended accordingly, andagreed to.
§ Bill to be read the third timeTo-morrow.