HC Deb 15 July 1884 vol 290 c1239

Order for Committee read.


said, that at an early hour in the morning this Bill had passed the second reading without comment, and he would not take up the time of the House now; but he was glad to see the Home Secretary in his place, for he regarded him as a safe authority on ecclesiastical matters, and he wished to ask whether there was any other means of establishing a Bishopric than a Bill in this House? It was said, in some quarters, that it was not necessary for this House to interfere in these matters; and he should be glad to hear that it was not necessary for this House to intervene with a Bill.


said, that this was only a Bill to establish a Bishopric already settled by this House; and he did not think the hon. Member would find anything dangerous in it. But there was one point in which he thought he and the hon. Member would agree. The hon. Member was not a member of the Established Church; but he thought that so long as there was an Established Church the hon. Member would agree that Parliament should have control over it.


asked if there was any expenditure of public money involved in this Bill?


replied that there was not.

Bill considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment; read the third time, and passed.