HC Deb 23 February 1914 vol 58 cc1399-400

asked the Prime Minister if he will submit the petition signed by 15,321 adult Nonconformists resident in the diocese of St. Asaph against the Disendowment of the Church in Wales, and which has been forwarded to him, to the impartial scrutiny of a small Committee of Members of this House or of any other Committee that he thinks well to appoint; and whether, in view of the fact that a similar petition is being organised independently by certain Nonconformists in South Wales, he will request the Committee to investigate this petition also when completed, in order that the honour and integrity of the petitioners may be upheld if the investigation so recommends?


As I stated the other day, the protest is not in a form in which it can be presented to the House of Commons for submission to the Public Petitions Committee. I am not prepared to set up a special Committee for the purpose suggested. Petitions of this nature should be addressed to the House of Commons so that they can be subjected to, proper scrutiny.