HL Deb 04 July 1839 vol 48 c1183
The Earl of Haddington

took the liberty of asking the noble viscount opposite (Viscount Melbourne) a question relative to the commission to be appointed in reference to printing the Bible in Scotland. An impression had got abroad, and an apprehension was entertained among members of the Established Church, that it was the intention of the government to place some dissenting ministers upon the board or commission to be appointed. He desired to be informed whether such was the intention of government or not? It was understood, that the board was to consist of the Lord Advocate, the Solicitor-general, two divines, and also two learned laymen, members of the Church of Scotland. Was it intended that the divines, as well as the laymen, should be members of the Church of Scotland; or, if not, was it the intention of the Government to place any Dissenter or Seceder on the commission, and if so, of what denomination?

Viscount Melbourne

was not aware that any such intention existed.

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