§ MR. MCARTHUR (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether, when he recommended the Crown to prefer the Suffragan Bishop of Stepney to the Archbishopric of York, he was cognisant of the views which had been expressed by that prelate, in his evidence before the Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline, with respect to the toleration of illegal and unauthorised ritual in the Church; and whether he was satisfied that the said Bishop, in his new office, would respect the law as declared by the Courts which have jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical.
§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
Before the Prime Minister answers the Question, 1706 may I ask whether in future in making recommendations to the Crown for high ecclesiastical preferment he would see that the gentleman he intends to recommend has a certificate of proficiency in faith and morals under the hand and seal of the hon. Gentleman?
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. ASQUITH,) Fifeshire, E.
The answer to both branches of the Question is in the affirmative.