HC Deb 02 August 1899 vol 75 c1151

Order for Third Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the third time."

MR. CALDWELL (Lanarkshire, Mid.)

I think it right at this stage to point out that there is an important principle involved in this Bill. The Government have proceeded on the footing that there ought to be equalisation of the stipends of the canons in this cathedral, whereas previously some of the canons had too much and others too little. The very same thing obtains throughout the whole of the Church of England, and I hope that, having begun with the principle of equalisation in this Bill, that principle will be carried out in the interest of justice, and of the Church, in a larger measure with regard to the stipends of ministers in the Church of England as a whole. If that were done, it would be found that the low salaries of so many clergymen could be easily put right, and the apparent injustice to so many clergy with small incomes would be remedied without any resort to more drastic measures.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill read the third time, and passed without Amendment.