HC Deb 14 July 1885 vol 299 c654

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether Her Majesty's Government is prepared to advise Her Majesty to exercise Her Royal Visitorial Prerogative as appertaining to Colleges of the Universities of the United Kingdom, and especially those of Oxford and Cambridge, with the view of having the "occupation" tenures of any chambers or premises in any of the Colleges or Halls of the same modified, so as more fully to give effect to the repeal of the disfranchising section of the Reform Act of 1832, and so as to extend fully the benefit of the Representation of the People Act to the undergraduates and other occupiers of all those institutions, or whether Her Majesty's Government will adopt such other course, as in the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown may effectually carry out the above object and the intention of Parliament?


, in reply, said, he was advised that the Royal Prerogative was not properly applicable to the circumstances referred to in the Question, and he thought that the persons interested must be left to enforce their rights under the Statute, if advised to do so. The Government, meantime, could not propose any fresh legislation.